Congressman Mike Simpson to receive the 2013 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

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Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2013) – National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce that Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson will receive the 2013 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award.  The award will be presented to the Congressman at a reception in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2013. Congressman Simpson currently serves as Chair of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.

NPT will recognize Congressman Simpson for his remarkable record of creating bipartisan solutions to preserving parks and improving public access. At both the state and federal level, he has worked to create conservation policies that benefit both land and people. 

Congressman Simpson’s recently sponsored the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA), which will protect 330,000 acres in Idaho’s Boulder and White Cloud Mountains. In addition, Congressman Simpson worked across the aisle to protect funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He has also helped to create a wheelchair-accessible path at Sawtooth National Recreation Area that both improved public access and maintained the park’s natural beauty. Simpson’s record underscores NPT’s support of bipartisan legislation that will ensure our greatest natural treasures will be protected and enjoyed by our local communities.  

"I am honored to receive this award and humbled to be recognized by the National Park Trust. As an Idahoan I got to spend many of my childhood summers in state and national parks and other beautiful, wild spaces,” said Congressman Mike Simpson. “These places left their mark on me. As a result it is easy for me to recognize how valuable our national parks system is and to be an advocate for it, both in my role as a Member of Congress and as an American citizen.”

"Chairman Mike Simpson is a wonderful example of a congressional leader who works to find common ground in addressing the issues that impact our treasured national parks, our environment and historic sites.  He is a very deserving recipient of the NPT's Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award,” said Susan Vento, NPT Leadership Council.

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 Jeff Bingaman (NM), Senator Susan Collins (ME), Senator Mark Udall (CO), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Senator Harry Reid (NV), Congressman George Miller (CA), Senator John McCain (AZ), and John Lewis (GA). All proceeds from the event benefit NPT’s park preservation and youth education initiatives.


National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.  As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s and parks and public lands. More details about NPT’s programs and this award can be found at

Press Contact: Shana Newman Fajardo, 301-279-7275 x15.

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