Murfreesboro Daily News Journal - Bill Theobald
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.