The National Park Service also celebrates the following nominees for their outstanding work and accomplishments:
Thomas F. Roberts, III
Mr. Roberts, founder and president of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, raised close to $5 million to preserve and promote the lighthouse and its historic resources. He has been the driving force initiating the return of the 1858 Fresnel lens and construction of its storage and display facility.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Through international, federal, state, tribal, and private lands partnerships, the Wildlife Conservation Society protects biodiversity and promotes natural resource-based recreational opportunities through research efforts involving bison conservation, wolverine restoration, and wildlife issues associated with climate change.
C&O Canal Quarters Interpretive Program
This innovative program provides a unique opportunity for visitors to stay overnight in one of three historic lockhouses. Through a partnership with the C&O Canal Trust, each lockhouse was restored to reflect and interpret specific periods in Canal history, including canal construction (1830s), canal communities (early 20th century), and the creation of the park (1950s).
Pacific Historic Parks
Pacific Historic Parks completed a $56 million capital fundraising campaign to pay for design and construction of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The visitor center contains a state of the art theater, and museum galleries with award-winning exhibits.
Franklin Township has worked tirelessly to preserve the Quincy Smelting Works. The township purchased the historic property, initiated stabilization efforts, and, in continued partnership with several government agencies and organizations, is working to complete site restoration.
Olympus America Inc.
In an ongoing commitment to expand natural resource and community engagement efforts, Olympus America upgraded air-quality web cameras in seventeen national parks. The organization's outreach to younger audiences has led to increased photo contest participation and virtual web camera visitation.
The Friends of Dyke Marsh
The Friends of Dyke Marsh made outstanding contributions in preserving and enhancing the recreational, economic, and ecological value of Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. The friends group supported scientific investigations, combated invasive species, restored wetland ecosystems, produced an educational film titled "On the Edge," published a newsletter, and led weekly bird walks.
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning has led ongoing efforts to purchase land within Obed Wild and Scenic River and foster large-scale landscape conservation. Their efforts have led to the protection of 127,000 acres through a combination of public land acquisition, conservation easements, public and private partnerships, and educational outreach.
Jennifer H. Nixon
Jennifer Nixon, of Bi-State Development Agency, manages the agency's cooperative agreement and partnership program with Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Under her leadership Bi-State has become an outstanding partner, providing financial, marketing and staffing support, and identifying and pursuing unique interpretive opportunities to enhance visitor experience.
Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures
Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, and the Mississippi River Fund developed an urban wilderness canoe program, complete with guided day trips, overnight camping, and environmental education programs within Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The partnership's ultimate goal is to provide more than 10,000 youth and their families a river experience and encourage outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship.
Congratulations to all the nominees and finalists!!