Virtual Murie Spirit of Conservation Awards

This year we will honor Bob Stanton, the first African American to be appointed as Director of the National Park Service, with the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award. Our Rising Leader Award will be presented to Lia Cheek, the national director of field campaigns for the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC).

Join us virtually for the Murie Spirit of Conservation Awards!

August 11, 2020
5:30pm – 6:40pm MST

This year we will honor:

Murie Spirit of Conservation Awardee
BOB STANTON
The 15th, and First African American National Park Service Director

Stanton was the first African American to be appointed as Director of the National Park Service, serving from 1997-2001. He was also the first career civil service employee appointed to the position since Russel E Dickson. Confirmed by the United States Senate and appointed by President Bill Clinton, Stanton served as the 15th National Park Service Director. Beginning with his appointment by Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall in 1962 as a seasonal park ranger at Grand Teton National Park, he has dedicated his life’s work to improving the preservation and management of the nation’s natural and cultural resources.

During the event Bob will be discussing The National Parks: Lessons in Environmental Quality, Diversity and Justice.

Rising Leader Awardee
LIA CHEEK
National Director of Field Campaigns for the Endangered Species Coalition

Lia Cheek is currently the National Director of Field Campaigns for the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC). She has a bachelor’s degree in ecology from Dartmouth College and spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, where she focused on community-based marine conservation. She’s worked on marine conservation issues in the Asia Pacific region with RARE, and with Foreign Policy experts during her time at The Brookings Institute.

Featuring Appearances and Remarks from Past Awardees & Other Distinguished Individuals

Jimmy Chin – Filmmaker, Mountain Sports Athlete and Academy Award Winner

Sally Jewell – Former Secretary of the Interior

Gretchen Long – Trustee Emerita of the National Parks Conservation Association

Luther Propst – Founder of the Sonoran Institute and Current Teton County Commissioner

David Vela – Deputy Director for Operations exercising the authority of the Director of the National Parks Service

Thomas Udall – United States Senator for New Mexico