Lowell Thomas, Jr. receives the first Bruce F. Vento Award
Anchorage, AK, August 8, 2001 - Lowell Thomas, Jr., today received the first Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The National Park Trust recognized Thomas’ lifelong commitment to parklands at a ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska. The event was attended by conservation leaders from across the country.
“Lowell Thomas, Jr. continues to call for the preservation of our delicate earth,” said Steve Miller, chairman of the National Park Trust. “He not only has fought for parks and wildlife in
Alaska, but has personally contributed to the preservation of other parks throughout the nation.”
“I only helped people do what they were committed to doing,” said Thomas in accepting the award. Thomas is credited with leading the battle to establish Alaska’s Chugach State Park when he was a state senator and lieutenant governor.
“When the Alaska wolves had no protector from aerial hunting, Lowell spoke up. When the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge needed a champion, Lowell stepped forward. Whenever we need to truly understand issues facing parklands, we call on Lowell,” said Paul Pritchard, founder and president of the National Park Trust. “And to his credit, he always attributes his contributions to others.”
The National Park Trust established The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award in recognition of Vento’s lifelong dedication to the preservation of America's national heritage. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of distinguished skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America.
As a U.S. Congressman from Minnesota, the late Vento served as the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands for more than a decade. He is credited with more laws that preserve parks, forests and wilderness areas than any other time in recent history.
Founded in 1983, the National Park Trust is the only land conservancy dedicated to preserving America’s national system of parks, wildlife, and historic monuments.
At its annual awards luncheon, held in Washington, DC on April 25th, National Park Trust (NPT) presented its Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award to former Ohio Congressman John F. Seiberling.
During his eight terms in the U.S. Congress, Representative Seiberling, hailed as the "patron saint" of many of today's national parks, chaired both the Alaska Lands Subcommittee and the House Interior Subcommittee on Public Lands. He was instrumental in the passage of the 1980 Alaska Lands Act that doubled the size of American's national parks. He also led the fight to establish some of our country's most important urban parks.
Over one hundred supporters attended the event, including members of Congress, Seiberling's former staffers, members of the environmental community, and NPT members. Michigan Congressman Dale Kildee spoke about Seiberling's contribution to the environment, noting the high standards that Congressman Seiberling has set for future generations of policy makers.
Loretta Nuemann, one of Seiberling's former staffers, described the environmentalist as a "renaissance man", a brilliant lawyer, and "a dedicated public servant with a strong commitment to the environment."
She ended her comments by quoting the Congressman himself, "We will never see the land as our ancestors did. But we can understand what made it beautiful and why they lived and died to preserve it. And in preserving it for future generations we will preserve something of ourselves. If we all have an interest in this land, then we all have a stake in its preservation. There is no more worthwhile cause."
NPT's Chairman of the Board, Steve Miller, and NPT Trustee Dale Crane presented the award to Seiberling. In accepting the award, Seiberling offered remarks that reminder all in the audience of his effective style and guiding presence. Congressman Seiberling was accompanied at the luncheon by his wife Betty and son, John Seiberling, Jr.
NPT established the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award in honor of the late Bruce F. Vento's life and accomplishments on behalf of the environment. Congressman Vento was a 12-term United States Representative from Minnesota. He served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Parks, Forest and Public Lands. He was a fierce advocate for the environment, introducing much bipartisan-supported legislation to protect, complete, and enlarge the National Park System for the benefit of future generations.
The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award is given annually by NPT to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service, discernment, courage, skill, resourcefulness, or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic sites - the heritage of America.
Last year, NPT honored Lowell Thomas, Jr. former lieutenant governor of Alaska, who is credited with leading the battle to establish Alaska's Chugach State Park. He fought to protect the Alaska wolves from aerial hunting and helped to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
For more information contact:
National Park Trust (NPT)
honored by National Park Trust
Former Congresswoman Connie Morella was honored with the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award for her record of support for parks and conservation programs during her 16 years in the U.S. Congress.
The award was presented to Ms. Morella at the annual meeting of the National Park Trust in Washington, D.C. The presentation took place during the week-long celebration of Earth Day.
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award is given annually by NPT to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service, discernment, courage, skill, resourcefulness, or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic sites - the heritage of America. Past recipients of this award include Former Lt. Gov. Lowell Thomas, Jr., and former Congressman John F. Seiberling.
The National Park Trust is the private land conservancy dedicated to preserving and protecting America's parks, refuges, wildlife and historic monuments. The National Park Trust is the only private organization entrusted by Congress to own an national park unit and has helped complete more than a half dozen national parks across the country.
For more information contact:
National Park Trust (NPT)
Reception And Dinner To Honor Congressman John Lewis - April 22, 2004
Congressman John Lewis Receives Highest Conservation Award for Parks Efforts presented by NPT's Paul Duffendack and Paul Pritchard - Photo by Chris Pritchard
(See transcript of his acceptance speech below)
BRUCE F. VENTO PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Congressman John Lewis
April 22, 2004
Congressman Vento was a good friend of mine. When I first came to Congress, I had the privilege of serving with him on the House Resources Committee, and I got to know him very well. He was someone I deeply admired - someone I looked to for leadership and advice on environmental and conservation issues that came before Congress.
BRUCE VENTO WAS A GOOD MAN.
- 2006 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award: Senator John McCain of Arizona
- 2007 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award: Congressman George Miller of California
- 2008 Bruce F. Public Service Award: Senator Harry Reid of Nevada
- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Accepts Vento Public Service Award at D.C. Reception