Sen. Alexander wins parks award

Posted on March 29, 2007

WASHINGTON – Sen. Lamar Alexander will receive the highest honor bestowed by the National Parks Conservation Association tonight. The William Penn Mott Jr. award is given each year to a public official that "has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the protection of America's natural and cultural heritage." Alexander has been a strong advocate for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park. In February he hosted a forum in Knoxville with the conservation association about the future of the national parks system, which has struggled with funding problems. The D.C.-based association is a non-profit, non-partisan group representing 330,000 members across the country.