Washington, DC (May 02, 2012) – On May 17, 2012, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will recognize leaders in conservation during their third annual Awards Gala in Washington, DC. This year’s honorees include U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and David N. Startzell, former executive director of the ATC.
Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patrick Leahy have been nominated to receive the ATC’s Congressional Leadership Award. Senator Alexander is being honored for his long history of spearheading efforts to protect and preserve America’s parks, greenways and forests, particularly his efforts on behalf of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Senator Leahy is being honored because of his numerous programs and legislative initiatives designed to protect America’s forest, farmland, and wildlife both in Vermont and around the globe.
David N. Startzell will be honored with the Vanguard Award for his work with the ATC for the past 34 years (25 years as executive director). He was also instrumental in launching the efforts to acquire a federally protected corridor for the A.T. and oversaw the “Protection Era” of the A.T. project from its inception.
Congressman Norm Dicks of Washington State will be serving as Honorary Chair and Terry Lierman, Goodloe E. Byron Jr., and Kent Knutson will be serving as Honorary Co-Chairs.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Leaders in Conservation Awards Gala
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 6:00pm Reception | 7:00pm Awards and Dinner
Location: Roof Terrace 101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
For more information about this event or to reserve your seat, contact Amy McCormick at 304-535-6331 ext.123 or visit www.appalachiantrail.org/2012Gala.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.6331 x117
Email: [email protected]