On Wednesday, Long Beach’s Rep. Alan Lowenthal received the Friend of National Parks Award from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), in recognition of Lowenthal’s “contribution” to the “protection and enhancement of America’s national parks,” his office announced Thursday.
According to a release, the NPCA was created to track congressional members’ voting records on park-related issues. The NPCA tracked five votes on park-related items in the House of Representatives this term, and Lowenthal voted in support of parks each time.
“Our national parks are treasures that we as a nation have a duty to preserve and protect. We do this not just for ourselves, but so that future generations of Americans can also partake in the majestic and unmarred beauty of nature throughout our nation,” Congressman Lowenthal said in a statement. “[…] Our national parks are both our history and our future.”
“It’s an honor to recognize Congressman Lowenthal for supporting our national parks on the floor of the House during the 113th Congress,” NPCA President and CEO Clark Bunting said in a statement. “As the 114th Congress works on policies and funding levels impacting our national parks, I look forward to working with the Congressman to ensure national parks have safe roadways, are well maintained, and have the resources they need to thrive for their upcoming centennial.”