U.S. Rep. Farr Earns Sheldon Coleman Award
U.S. Representative Sam Farr, D-Calif., has been selected to receive the 2014 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award. According to a press release, the award will be presented on the evening of June 10 on Capitol Hill as a featured event of Great Outdoors Week 2014. The presentation will be made by leaders of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Co.
ARC has presented this award since 1989 to an individual whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to enhancing outdoor experiences in America. The award was established in memory of Sheldon Coleman (1901-1988), longtime chairman of The Coleman Co. and a visionary champion of outdoor recreation and conservation. Winners are selected by recreation and conservation leaders from both the private and public sectors.
This year’s award recognizes Farr’s dedication to championing scenic byways, national parks and partnerships, all causes outlined as key to protecting America’s Great Outdoors and connecting Americans with their shared legacy of special places. He played a central role in the establishment of the nation’s newest national park, Pinnacles, and has co-chaired the U.S. Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus for much of his congressional career.
His California district includes such world-renown sites as Big Sur, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Pinnacles National Park. While a member of the California State Assembly, Farr helped pioneer a innovative and sustainable state tourism structure. That experience helped him lead efforts of the Congress to create a new corporation to lead promotion of the U.S. to international travelers, now called Brand USA.
Past recipients of the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award include President George H.W. Bush (1990), National Geographic Society Chairman Gil Grosvenor (1994), U.S. Sens. John Breaux (1991), Frank Murkowski (1997), John Chafee (1998) and Lamar Alexander, U.S. Reps. Jim Oberstar (1996) and Ralph Regula (2000), Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta (2003) and Rodney Slater (1999) and Secretaries of the Interior Ken Salazar (2011) and Dirk Kempthorne (2008).
Great Outdoors Month will feature numerous events across the country to help Americans respond to calls by the President and the governors to hike, bike, fish, camp, boat and otherwise enjoy the outdoors. The events include: free fishing opportunities and more during National Fishing and Boating Week (June 1-8); thousands of work and fun events on American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day (June 7); National Marina Day and National Get Outdoors Day, both offering easy introductions to outdoor fun (June 14); National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout (June 28); and more.