WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Central Washington congressman and three other members of the state’s congressional delegation were honored this week for their support of legislation beneficial to the U.S. National Park System.
Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, whose district spans from King County to Kittitas and Chelan counties, was honored alongside Democratic U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith, and 153 other representatives with the Friend of the National Parks Award. The award is given annually by the National Parks Conservation Association, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advocacy for the country’s national parks.
“Friends of the Park award recipients from Washington also collectively voted to protect North Cascades National Park’s wilderness areas from a destructive new road along the Canadian border,” Rob Smith, Northwest regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, said in a news release. “These congressional leaders also voted to safeguard the president’s authority to designate national monuments by way of the Antiquities Act, just as President Teddy Roosevelt did in 1909, when he protected what is now Olympic National Park.”
The organization’s Friend of the National Parks Award was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant park issues.
This year the organization compiled votes for seven national park-related bills in the House. To receive the award, representatives had to vote correctly at least four out of seven times.