WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan, non-profit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The award recognizes Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s support of national parks during the 113th Congress.
“Hawaiʻi is home to some of the country’s most beautiful and diverse national parks, from the awe-inspiring nature of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Hawaiʻi Island to the incomparable story of Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokaʻi,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I’m humbled to receive this award as a Friend of the National Parks, and will continue to work to foster educational opportunities and promote protections for Hawaiʻi’s unique natural beauty and cultural resources.”
“It’s an honor to recognize Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for supporting our national parks on the floor of the House during the 113th Congress,” said NPCA President and CEO Clark Bunting. “As the 114thCongress works on policies and funding levels impacting our national parks, I look forward to working with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to ensure national parks have safe roadways, are well maintained, and have the resources they need to thrive for their upcoming centennial.”
NPCA’s Friend of the National Parks Award was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant park issues. This year, NPCA tracked votes for three national park-related bills in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives. To receive the award, senators needed to vote in favor of national parks on at least two scored bills and representatives on at least three scored bills. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard supported all five bills tracked by the NPCA.