|For Immediate Release:
||October 07, 2003|
|Contact(s):||Clarke Cooper, NPS, (202) 208-3724
Ross Norton, Clemson University, (864) 207-1157
|Excellence In Environmental And Cultural Preservation Recognized At The George B. Hartzog Luncheon And Lecture At Clemson University South Carolina
Washington, DC --On Tuesday, October 2, Clemson University, and the Hartzog Fund presented six environmental awards, including the William C. Everhart Award for sustained achievements in interpretation that have illuminated, created insights to, and fostered an appreciation of our cultural and historic heritage, and the new Fran Mainella Outstanding Woman in Park Resources Award, to recognize exemplary leadership by a woman in addressing environmental issues and concerns. The Hartzog Fund named the award in appreciation of the career of Fran Mainella, the current National Park Service Director and its first female Director. The Mainella Award recognizes sustained and innovative achievement by a woman in the management of North America’s natural, historic, or cultural heritage
Ms. Laura Rotegard, former Community Planner, and now Management Assistant to the Superintendent at Blue Ridge Parkway, is the first to receive the Fran Mainella Outstanding Woman in Park Resources Award for her work to identify and protect natural and historic views seen from the parkway. As Community Planner for the Blue Ridge Parkway, Ms. Rotegard and her colleagues developed a unique process to identify scenic views along the parkway. Under Ms. Rotegard’s leadership, the Blue Ridge Parkway completed citizen assessments of over 700 views. The data has influenced decision makers and planners in the region, as well as land trust prioritizing acquisitions. Other parks and planners have enthusiastically adopted the process.
An additional perspective on view-shed management came from her analyzing the “monetary value of views,” a subject never approached in Applied Economics. Titled the Scenic Experience Project, this new research presents choices to visitors with types of scenic experiences and what they would be willing to pay to protect that choice.
Director Mainella stated, “I am thrilled Laura’s community partnerships identified the aesthetic as well as the economic value of scenic views.”
Mr. Michael Allen, former ranger, now Education Specialist for Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie, and Charles Pickney National Historic Site, received the William C. Everhart Award for his comprehensive work in cultural preservation. Mr. Allen played a major role in the National Park Service Gulla-Geechee Special Resource Study to determine establishment of education centers and interpretation of the Gullah-Geechee culture. The Gulla-Geechee were descendents of slaves from West Africa brought to work on the plantations in the coastal region from Cape Fear River, North Carolina to the St. John’s River, Florida.
Mr. Allen has designed exhibits and presented interpretive programs that involve local communities and their history. Mr. Allen is also working with the International Museum of African American History, to open in 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina. It will focus on African and African American contributions in building of the modern world.
A historian, Mr. Allen believes “to understand the present and move toward the future, you must first know and accept your past.”
The Hartzog Fund was established to honor former National Park Service Director George B. Hartzog. A South Carolina native, Hartzog held a distinguished career of 26 years with the National Park Service, including director from 1964-1973. Hartzog oversaw the largest expansion of the national park system with the addition of 69 units. In 1985, Clemson University awarded Hartzog an honorary doctorate of humanities degree. The Hartzog Fund and the Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management developed the Hartzog Lecture Series in Resources Management to feature leading figures in conservation.
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