National Park Trust to Honor Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) with 2018 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award in Washington, DC

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Washington, DC (March 6, 2018) – National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce that Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) will receive the 18th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award will be presented to Senator Heinrich on Wednesday, June 13th at a reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Senator Heinrich will be recognized for his numerous outstanding efforts to support and advocate for the protection of our national parks and public lands and waters in his role as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on National Parks. His leadership has resulted in the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act and support for the creation of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. He strongly supported the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and has consistently advocated for permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Senator Heinrich is also dedicated to bi-partisan efforts that will connect families and kids to the great outdoors as demonstrated by his work as co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, sponsor of the Every Kid Outdoors Act and cosponsor of the annual Kids to Parks Day Senate Resolution.

“Our national parks not only celebrate some of the most beautiful natural places in our country, they are also part of the fabric of our democracy and fuel our thriving outdoor recreation economy,” said Senator Heinrich. “I am honored to receive this award from the National Park Trust and appreciate the work they do every day to protect our public lands for future generations to enjoy.”

“We are delighted to be able to honor Senator Martin Heinrich for his service in Washington, D.C. and at home in New Mexico to support bi-partisan legislation and programs that will not only preserve America’s national parks and public lands today, but also ensure that they will be here for the enjoyment of our country’s families tomorrow,” stated NPT Board Chair Bill Brownell.

NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Senator Lamar Alexander (TN), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN), Senator Rob Portman (OH), Senator Ron Wyden (OR), Congressman Mike Simpson (ID), Senator Mark Udall (CO), Senator Susan Collins (ME), Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM), Senator John McCain (AZ), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Congressman George Miller (CA), and Senator Harry Reid (NV).

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST NPT’s mission is preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 35 years since NPT was established, the non-profit organization has completed more than 60 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects in 30 states, 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 48 National Park Service projects. In 2009, NPT launched its nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs which currently support more than 200 Title I schools. Since 2011, NPT has organized Kids to Parks Day, an annual national celebration of America’s parks hosted on the third Saturday in May. More details about NPT and this award can be found at

All proceeds from the Vento Award event benefit NPT’s mission and programs.

For more information contact National Park Trust Executive Director Grace Lee at or 301-279-7275, ext. 11.