Gardner Honored with National Park Heritage Award

Washington, D.C. — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today received the 2019 National Park Heritage Award from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for his leadership in the signing into law of the landmark John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47),which included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the biggest bipartisan conservation and historic preservation law passed in decades. 

Nat Park Heritage Award

“America’s beloved national parks and public lands represent our heritage and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity to Colorado’s local communities. We must be good stewards of these unspoiled vistas, and this includes being responsible for the lands placed into parks, historic sites and trails, monuments, and recreation areas,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m honored to be recognized with the 2019 National Park Heritage Award for my work in Congress to preserve and promote these sites for the millions of visitors each year, and I’ll continue my efforts to protect these cherished national treasures.” 

“Our national parks protect the stories that define and unite us as a nation,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association. “They are the landscapes our ancestors cherished and where battles were fought for freedom and justice. For one hundred years, NPCA has been working to protect these places, and as we celebrate our centennial year, we remain just as steadfast in our commitment to defend them for one hundred years more. But we can’t do it alone, which is why it’s vital to have these members of Congress from across the nation and across the aisle work together to protect these places, for all who experience them now and for those who will come long after us. We are honored to recognize these park champions who worked to strengthen protections for national parks, wilderness areas and waterways across the country.”

Since his election to the Senate, Gardner has been an LWCF champion. Gardner spoke at an LWCF press conference touting the importance of making the LWCF program permanent by promoting its 100-day campaign in June, and led another press conference reiterating the need for this program in November. In July 2018, Gardner spoke on the Senate floor to address the necessity of this program being fully funded in order to conserve and preserve public lands, and joined his colleagues in a bipartisan effort to permanently reauthorize LWCF by introducing an amendment to the appropriations bill. In December of 2018, after years of work, Gardner played a key role in securing the first up-or-down vote on permanent reauthorization in the program’s history.