Rangers recognized

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service today announced the finalists for the 2008 Harry Yount Park Ranger Award. The award, named after the first known park ranger, recognizes excellence in the field of "rangering."

Recipients of the Harry Yount Award represent the heart of the Ranger Corps, reflecting its tradition, high standards, and commitment to the Service's mission. They are knowledgeable of, and sensitive to, the natural, cultural and recreational resources that make up the National Park System, placing them foremost in their priorities. Their ability and willingness to do the tough jobs well, with style, grace, and humor make them role models for all Rangers.

This year's nominees are:

Wendy R. Bredow, Alaska Region, Park Ranger, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Gary Moses, Inter-Mountain Region, Lake McDonald Sub-District Ranger, Glacier National Park

Lindel Gregory, Midwest Region, Park Ranger, Ozark National Scenic Riverways Memorial

Todd Stanton, National Capital Region, Chief Ranger, Monocacy National Battlefield

Gary Hartley, Northeast Region, Chief Ranger, New River Gorge National River

Les Inafuku, Pacific West Region, Chief Ranger, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park/Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Jon Murphy, Southeast Region, Plateau District Ranger, Blue Ridge Parkway

Jeff Sullivan, Washington Office-Pacific West Assignment, Assistant Special Agent in Charge

The award is an integral part of the National Park Service's employee recognition program. The peer-based honor is presented annually to an individual whose overall impact, record of accomplishments and excellence in traditional ranger duties has created an appreciation for the park ranger profession. The award was pioneered in the Midwest Region in 1992 and initiated Servicewide in 1994 by President and Mrs. Clinton at a White House ceremony.

"It is always a great honor to announce the nominees for the Servicewide Harry Yount Award," said Mary A. Bomar, Director of the National Park Service. "These award recipients are the best of the best and exhibit the highest qualities of rangering in their daily activities of protecting park resources and serving the visitor. I am proud of them, and all of our rangers, who do so much every day to make national parks special places for our visitors."

The award program is sponsored by the Washington Office, Division of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Services, in partnership with the National Park Foundation. Each nominee has already been honored with a 2008 Regional Harry Yount Award accompanied by a custom designed plaque and cash award of $1250. The Servicewide honoree will receive an original sculptured bust of Harry Yount and a $3,000 cash award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2008.