Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was today honored for her contribution to protecting and enhancing America's parks by the nation's leading national park advocacy organization. The National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) presented a "Friend of the National Parks" award for a pro-park voting record during the 105th Congress (1997-1998).
"It is a pleasure to accept this award on behalf of my constituents in San Francisco, who certainly rank among the most effective friends of parks and conservation in the entire country," said Pelosi, who worked relentlessly over the past decade to preserve the fabled Presidio.
"This award recognizes Members of Congress who vote to protect our national parks." said NPCA President Thomas Kiernan. "As federal lands, our national parks rely on Congress for protection and funding. This award is given to our Congressional representatives, like Congresswoman Pelosi, who have stood up for the places that symbolize America's history and contain its natural wonders."
"In San Francisco," noted Pelosi, "the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes the celebrated Presidio, pioneered a conceptual breakthrough -- bringing the idea of the national park, one of America's truly great and original ideas, into the urban setting."
The National Parks and Conservation Association is America's only private nonprofit citizen organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the U.S. National Park System. NPCA was founded in 1919 and today has more than 400,000 members.
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