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 2019 George Hartzog Award
The George Hartzog Award is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding support for the mission of the National Park Service or National Park System. This year, the Coalition has selected two winners:
In her long career with the NPS, Kate distinguished herself by her leadership and skillful collaboration with neighboring agencies and local communities on a variety of challenging initiatives and issues. In her last, but perhaps most compelling action as Southeast Utah Group Superintendent, Kate publicly voiced and defended her legitimate concerns regarding an NPS directive permitting ATV use in all Utah national parks. She was successful in getting the ill-conceived directive overturned. For nearly 40 years, Kate has demonstrated outstanding leadership and support for the mission of the National Park Service and ensuring the integrity of the units of the National Park System. For these reasons, the Coalition is proud to award Kate with the 2019 George Hartzog Award.
Roxanne has been a passionate and active supporter of our national parks for decades. She was a leading advocate for the creation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, purchasing and donating over 85,000, acres of land to the new park. Roxanne demonstrated great leadership and perseverance despite high profile opposition. In addition, Roxanne subsequently purchased and donated another 17 critical parcels of land for other national parks across the country, including Acadia, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Saguaro, Colorado NM and Gettysburg. Roxanne has gone to great lengths to ensure the continued protection and preservation of our national parks, reflecting her great love and respect for America’s outstanding National Park System. For these extraordinary efforts, the Coalition is proud to award Roxanne with the 2019 George Hartzog Award.
The 2019 1872 Award
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 Rick Smith as the winner. Though Rick retired from a long and distinguished career of service as a National Park Service ranger, trainer, and manager, he has never stopped working for our national parks. Rick was an early leader of the Coalition and served as Chair of the Executive Council. He has also managed the Park Lands Watch site for over a decade, providing a variety of media reports about NPS actions and issues for several hundred individuals every day. We are proud to recognize Rick with the 1872 Award in honor of his continued advocacy for our National Park System and his commitment to ensuring that other NPS people, partners, and advocates are informed and updated on park news.
Finally, Certificates or Letters Of Appreciation may be awarded at any time by the Chair to recognize service to the Coalition.