Congressman Tim Bishop has been named as a “Friend of the National Parks” by the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), according to a press release issued by Bishop’s office last week.
Bishop was awarded a gold-level “friend” award for supporting legislation during the previous Congressional year that upheld the standards and integrity of the national parks system. Bishop also received the honor for his votes in the 108th and 111th Congress. No awards were given in the 109th and 110th Congress due to a lack of park-related votes.
In total 157 members of Congress were honored in a ceremony yesterday in Washington. Bishop supported the NCPA position on six out of seven key bills, including votes against the expansion of hunting in National parks and against legislation that would have limited power of the President to establish National Monuments under the Antiquities Act.
Bishop also voted for legislation authorizing a study to determine how the African-American troops known as the “Buffalo Soldiers” should be represented within the National Parks’ system. The Buffalo Soldiers effectively served as the National Parks’ first “rangers” by playing a central role in protecting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
“Preserving America’s awe-inspiring natural, historical and cultural treasures for the enjoyment of future generations is a scared trust that we must protect with vigilance,” said Bishop. “I am honored to be a friend of the National Parks’ and will continue to defend our most previous places from those how do not recognize their true value to America.”