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Rep. Johnson honored for protecting parks
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(Left to right) Craig Obey, senior vice president, government affairs at NPCA, Rep. Hank Johnson and NPCA Acting President Theresa Pierno - photo by Submitted Photo

Representative Hank Johnson (GA-04) was 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.

"My support of our national parks goes hand in hand with my participation in the Safe Climate Caucus - it's part of a quest to protect our environment while encouraging the development of renewable sources of energy," said Johnson. "The time to address climate change is now and protecting our beautiful national parks is part of the answer."

NPCA's "Friend of the National Parks Award" was established in 1999 to track congressional members' votes on significant park issues. This year, NPCA compiled votes for seven national park-related bills in the House.

"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. "As the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016, support from our members of Congress is essential to ensure places like Yellowstone, Gettysburg, and the Everglades are preserved and protected for our children and grandchildren to enjoy."