Kempthorne to Receive ARC’s Coleman Award
The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has selected U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne as the recipient of the 20th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award.
The award will be presented June 10 as part of Great Outdoors Week in Washington, D.C. The event, slated to run June 9-14, is centered around a series of meetings designed to increase the visibility of outdoor recreation on the national policy-making level.
ARC has presented the award since 1989 to “an individual whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to enhancing outdoor experiences in America.” This year’s selection panel was comprised of 100 recreation and conservation community leaders from across the nation.
According to ARC, Kempthorne has been a “recreation champion” throughout his political career, which includes service in the U.S. Senate, as governor of Idaho and his current role as secretary of the interior.
In a statement, ARC said: “In addition to tangible successes in park funding and his national leadership of efforts to increase outdoor activities by American youth, Secretary Kempthorne has brought about fundamental changes in the relationships among national interests in the environmental, conservation and recreation arenas. The new cooperation and conversation will have a lasting benefit for the shared legacy of parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.”
The award was established in 1989 in honor of Sheldon Coleman, long-time chairman of Wichita, Kan.-based The Coleman Co.