Congressman Jim Cooper has been honored with the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for his contribution to protecting and enhancing America's national parks. The award was presented to 157 representatives currently serving in the 113th Congress for their support of legislation during the 112th Congress that upheld the standards and integrity of the National Park System.
"I'm honored to be recognized for conservation. It's a responsibility we owe our children, grandchildren and planet," Congressman Cooper said. "From Yellowstone to the Great Smoky Mountains, America's beautiful parks showcase the best of our national landscape."
NPCA's "Friend of the National Parks Award" was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members' votes on significant park issues. This year, NPCA compiled votes for seven national park-related bills in the House. To receive the award, representatives had to vote correctly at least four out of seven times.
"We are grateful that our members of Congress have demonstrated a solid commitment to preserving America's national parks," said NPCA Acting President Theresa Pierno.
Recipients of the award receive a framed reproduction of an art-deco color poster of Sequoia National Park in the style of those produced in the 1930s for the National Park Service by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration.
To view a complete list of the award recipients and a list of the national parks-related bills, visit: http://www.npca.org/assets/pdf/Vote_Descriptions_and_List_of_Winners_112.pdf.