The Coalition presents awards at appropriate times to draw attention to individuals who have made significant contributions to our goals. In addition to the honor of being nominated and selected for distinction by their peers in the Coalition, winners receive hand-carved wooden plaques made by Coalition member Rob Arnberger.

The 2023 George Hartzog Award

Patrick Gonzalez
Dr. Patrick Gonzalez

The George Hartzog Award is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding support for the mission of the National Park Service. This year, the Coalition has selected Dr. Patrick Gonzalez. Patrick is a climate change scientist and forest ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Through his research and writing, he advances science-based action on human-caused climate change to help protect nature and people. Patrick has also served as the Principal Climate Change Scientist for the NPS and Assistant Director for Climate and Biodiversity of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Patrick has long been a strong supporter of the NPS and a champion for tackling climate change and defending scientific integrity. We are proud to recognize his work with this award.



The 2023 1872 Award

Mike Murray
Mike Murray

The 1872 award is given to an individual for outstanding service and support for the mission of the Coalition. This year, the Coalition has selected Michael B. Murray. During Mike’s ten years on the Executive Council, he has worked tirelessly on a range of issues that impact our national parks and public lands, from energy development, to hunting and trapping regulations in Alaska’s national preserves, to improving NPS employee morale. Mike’s contributions, including his two years spent as Chair, are immeasurable. Thanks to his dedication, experience, and research into complex issues impacting the National Park System, the Coalition has strengthened its reputation as the Voice of Experience. We are proud to recognize Mike with the 1872 award in honor of his service, and in appreciation for the years he has devoted to helping protect our national parks.

Finally, Certificates or Letters Of Appreciation may be awarded at any time by the Chair to recognize service to the Coalition.