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Jack Potter Glacier National Park Award Nominations Open

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Wednesday, May 18, 2012 

Headwaters Montana Announces “Jack Potter Glacier National Park Stewardship Award” Nominations Now Open
Award to perpetuate vigilance over Glacier Park’s natural treasures

Kalispell, MT.    As snowplows continue clearing snow from the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park and the park opens up for another busy summer season, a local conservation group has announced the opening of nominations for a new award aimed at helping protect the park’s natural resources. 

(Click here to download the Award's description.)

(Click here to download the Award's nomination form.)

The new “Jack Potter Glacier National Park Stewardship Award” recognizes the legacy of  Jack Potter, who retired in 2011 after 40 years of public service in Glacier.  Jack ended his career in the position of Chief of Science and Resource Management at Glacier National Park.   Headwaters Montana thinks that the Jack Potter Award will keep the public and park employees engaged in protecting Glacier's natural resources in the years ahead.

“Jack Potter was an exemplary public servant, and a real advocate for protecting the natural wonders of Glacier Park - from within the park’s administration,” said Dave Hadden, Headwaters Montana’s director.  “We wanted to honor Jack’s service and help motivate the public and park employees to maintain their vigilance over Glacier’s natural resources.

Headwaters Montana will make a cash award on an annual basis to an individual within the national park service or the public, or to an organization, who goes beyond the call of duty to protect the Park’s natural resources.  Any person can submit a nomination for the award to Headwaters Montana via the groups website, www.headwatersmontana.org.  

"We encourage folks to download a nomination form if they know of someone or some organization that should be recognized for their efforts to protect Glacier," said Hadden.

Nominations will be taken until September 30, 2012.  The first awarding of the Jack Potter award will take place in late fall 2012.

“Glacier National Park is not only a national treasure, it’s a major economic lifeline in western Montana,” added Hadden.  “The natural splendor of the Park is what draws millions to Glacier each year.  We want to help ensure that the water, fish, wildlife, and the plants of the park are protected from threats from within and outside the park's boundary.”

One such external threat, the proposed mountaintop removal coal mine in the headwaters of the North Fork Flathead River in British Columbia was recently stopped by  Headwaters Montana and other conservation organizations.  British Columbia passed Bill 2, the “Flathead Area Conservation Act” in November 2011, that banned mining activity in the headwaters.  Senators Baucus and Tester have a complimentary piece of legislation, Senate Bill 233, the “North Fork Watershed Protection Act” currently awaiting action in the U.S. Senate.

(Click here to download the Award's description.)

(Click here to download the Award's nomination form.)

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