The National Parks Conservation Association has named U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton a “Friend of The National Parks.” The organization has awarded Mr. Bishop a gold-level “friend” award for his support of legislation that has upheld the “standards and integrity” of the national park system.
Mr. Bishop, a Democrat, supported the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) positions on six out of seven bills during the 113th Congress that included blocking the expansion of hunting in national parks, blocking legislation that would have limited the president’s power to establish national monuments and supporting a bill that authorized a study on how black troops, known as “Buffalo Soldiers,” should be represented within the national parks system. He was honored by the same group during the 108th and 111th congresses.
“Preserving America’s awe-inspiring natural, historical and cultural treasures for the enjoyment of future generations is a sacred trust that we must protect with vigilance,” Mr. Bishop said in a statement. “I am honored to be a friend of the national parks and will continue to defend our most precious places from those who do not recognize their true value to America.”
Mr. Bishop was one of 157 members of Congress honored by the organization that was established in 1919 and serves as an independent, nonpartisan voice that works to address major threats facing the national park system, according to its website, www.npca.org. The organization boats more than 800,000 members, supporters and partners.