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National Park Service News Release


For Immediate Release:
October 08, 2004
Contact(s):   David Barna, 202 208-6843


John Debo Receives Prestigious Appleman-Judd Award for Cultural Resources Management

OMAHA, NEBRASKA-- National Park Service Director Fran P. Mainella today announced Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent John Debo as the recipient of the prestigious national 2003 Appleman-Judd Award.

The award recognizes Debo’s pivotal role in conceiving, developing, and nurturing the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Initiative, a new, innovative management model for preserving and revitalizing the agricultural heritage of the park's rural landscape. Now being implemented at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the initiative integrates natural and cultural resources management objectives with the concept of parks as living landscapes.

“We are extremely proud that John Debo has been selected to receive this honor. The Countryside Initiative is just one example of his many management successes on behalf of the park and the Service,” said Director Mainella. “The initiative is representative of the bold and creative thinking he applies to resources management in and beyond Cuyahoga Valley National Park boundaries.” The award was formally presented to Debo by Director Mainella and Midwest Regional Director Ernest Quintana in a ceremony at the park earlier today.

Through historic leasing, farmers and their families return to the historic farmsteads and actively farm the land, using organic/sustainable agricultural methods. The potential is great to apply this initiative to thousands of acres of rural landscapes found throughout national park units.

The Director's Appleman-Judd Award for Cultural Resource Management is an annual recognition for outstanding contributions to cultural resource management by a National Park Service employee. This award was created to recognize expertise and foster creativity in cultural resource management practices and projects, particularly those that may serve as examples or models for programs Servicewide.

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