Portman Receives Award for Protecting National Parks

June 17, 2015 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Last evening, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) received the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award from the National Park Trust for his work to protect and preserve land, water or historic resources.

A video tribute regarding Portman’s efforts can be found here.

“America's national parks are a cherished resource, and I am proud to receive this award,” Portman said. “We're fortunate to have a number of national park units in Ohio with wonderful programs to engage our communities, augment our quality of life, and attract tourism and new business. I look forward to honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in 2016 and continuing my work to protect and maintain these cherished resources.”

The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award is given annually to a public servant who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding service, skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America.

In 2000, National Park Trust established the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce Vento, a 12-term Member of Congress from Minnesota and former Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. During his tenure, Congressman Vento passed more park legislation than any other previous chairman. Congressman Vento died on October 10, 2000 at the age of 60.