SCA earns national recognition for Mount Rainer work

Student Conservation Association community crews that work in Mount Rainier National Park have received an award from the National Park Service.

The association’s Seattle office was among more than a dozen groups and agencies to receive a 2014 Director’s Partnership Award.

The recipients were chosen for making the most significant accomplishments achieved by parks and outside groups working together on projects, programs and commemorative events that provide lasting benefits for parks and communities, according to a Park Service news release.

The Student Conservation Association is a partner of Mount Rainier, providing high school students from the region with park and community experiences meant to foster a future commitment to conservation and stewardship.

“These incredibly dedicated partners have raised the bar for cooperation and support of our country’s natural and cultural heritage,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in the release. “Their extraordinary contributions enhance the national park experience, and particularly as we look ahead to the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, they expand and amplify our efforts to reach a new generation of Americans.”

There are more than 250 formal partnerships that support the National Park Service.

Among the other recipients were The Yosemite Conservancy for its support of habitat restoration, historic preservation, youth engagement, visitor services and wildlife research and management; the Friends of Andersonville and American Ex-Prisoners of War who worked with Andersonville National Historic Site to develop the “Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience” traveling exhibit; and The Perry Group, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Region 4-1, the Village of Put-In-Bay, the Put-In-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Artrain, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, the Lake Erie Heritage Foundation and Parks Canada-Newfoundland East Park Unit that worked with Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to bring the history of the Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812 to life during the 200th anniversary of the war.