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NPCA announces 1993 award recipients.

NPCA has named former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly the winner of its Stephen Tyng Mather Award.

Reilly received the award on March 18 at NPCA's annual dinner. (While NPCA has in the past named its award winners in November, starting this year it will do so in the spring.) Funded by the Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Co., the Mather award goes each year to a government employee who has risked his or her job or career for the principles and practices of stewardship.

In presenting the award, NPCA President Paul Pritchard cited Reilly as the leading voice for environmental protection within the Bush Administration. Reilly blocked several administration attempts to weaken environmental regulations during the 1992 campaign, including one loosening rules on the development of Alaskan wetlands. He also played a major role in reauthorization of the Clean Air Act in 1990.

NPCA also announced this spring the recipient of its 1992 Marjory Stoneman Douglas award. The award, also funded by Faultless Starch/Bon Ami, recognizes citizen efforts on behalf of the national parks.

The winner was Dr. Liane Russell, who over the last 25 years has led successful efforts to protect the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River on the Kentucky-Tennessee border and the Obed River in Tennessee.

Russell fought construction of a dam on the Big South Fork in the late 1960s, then formed a group to press for the river's inclusion in the National Park System. Her efforts were rewarded in 1974 with the establishment of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Russell played a similar role in the designation of the Obed Wild and Scenic River in 1976. She and the group she founded, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, have since been instrumental in fighting off a variety of threats to the rivers. At present, they are working to protect the Obed from a dam proposed on one of its major tributaries (see page 12).
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Title Annotation:National Parks and Conservation Association
Publication:National Parks
Date:May 1, 1993
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