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Dillon Receives Mather Award.

On March 14, NPCA presented Constantine J. Dillon, superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore, with the 2000 Stephen Tyng Mather Award for his work on the preservation of natural resources at the seashore.

Dillon labored to keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a shoreline stabilization project that would have cost taxpayers about $50 million and inhibited the formation of naturally shifting sand dunes. Dillon's actions in regards to the shoreline restoration plan caused his job to be threatened.

"Constantine Dillon exemplifies the type of persistence a Mather award winner must have," said NPCA President Thomas C. Kiernan. "He placed the welfare of the park above his own and fought for what was best for the resource against strong opposition."

The $2,500 award, named after the first director of the National Park Service, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in promoting environmental principles and protecting the natural resources of a park in the face of adversity. The award is given out yearly.
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Date:May 1, 2000
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