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 2020 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 Dan Sakura as the winner of this award.
Dan’s conservation leadership has generated invaluable solutions to land protection and policy issues at parks ranging from Acadia National Park and Natchez National Historical Park to the Martin Luther King National Historical Park and the newly formed Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument. Dan’s tireless work protect our irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, his focus on telling untold and under-told stories, and his exceptional creativity and humility have made him a conservation hero. For these extraordinary efforts, the Coalition is proud to award Dan with the 2020 George Hartzog Award.
The 2020 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 Doug Morris as the winner. Though Doug retired from a long and distinguished career of service with the National Park Service, he never stopped working for our national parks. Doug’s strong leadership on the Coalition’s Executive Council contributed to the organization’s growing reputation as a professional, non-partisan advocate for the proper management of the National Park System. We are proud to recognize Doug with the 1872 Award in honor of his continued advocacy for our National Park System and his important role in evolving the Coalition from a small group of passionate NPS retirees into a well-established and highly regarded national park advocacy organization.
Finally, Certificates or Letters Of Appreciation may be awarded at any time by the Chair to recognize service to the Coalition.