NPT to Honor Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN)

On June 14th at the Newseum, NPT will recognize Senator Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) with the 17th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. Senator Alexander will be honored for his extraordinary efforts to support our national parks and public lands through his service on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on National Parks.

“Documentarian Ken Burns called the U.S. National Park Service, ‘America’s best idea’ – and I couldn’t agree more. Growing up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I learned to appreciate our national parks and public places at an early age, and I have put that love for the outdoors to work as a United States Senator, trying to protect our parks, help make the air cleaner, and provide protected open spaces so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the outdoors as I did,” Senator Alexander said. “I am grateful for this award, but really it’s the National Park Trust that deserves praise for its work in protecting and preserving national parks and connecting children to the Great American Outdoors.”

NPT Board Chair Bill Brownell shared, “We look forward to honoring Senator Lamar Alexander for his decades of service in Washington, D.C. and at home in Tennessee to support legislation and programs that will not only preserve America’s national parks today, but also guarantee that they will be here for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The Vento Award was established in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term congressman, dedicated environmentalist and champion of legislation for America’s parks. Past recipients include Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN), Senator Rob Portman (OH), Senator Ron Wyden (OR), Congressman Mike Simpson (ID), 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 Congressman John Lewis (GA).

All proceeds from the event benefit NPT’s park preservation and youth programs. To sponsor this event or purchase tickets, please contact our Director of Development Maryann Kearns at or call 301.279.7275. Read the complete press release here.

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