PLAINS, GA (WALB) - Former President Jimmy Carter was bestowed the award and title of honorary national park ranger Sunday by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
This is the highest civilian honor awarded by the agency, and is reserved for individuals whose contribution to the National Park System is exceptional.
"President Carter embodies the spirit and principals of the National Park Service and it is a great honor for me to present him with this award," said Director Jarvis. "As we look forward to our agency's next 100 years, we can look back and be inspired by the incredible work of President Carter."
"This is indeed an honor for me," said President Carter. "Before I became President I was already deeply committed to the outdoors. I am very proud to have been an integral part of the conservation movement."
President Carter created a total of thirty nine National Park Service units. The parks established under his presidency celebrate our nation's fight for equal rights with Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Site (NHS), Women's Rights National Historic Park (NHP), Kaloko-Honokahau NHP and Boston African American NHS.
President Carter was a leader in the efforts to protect, recognize and assist communities and urban areas to support outdoor and urban recreation, establishing many programs which are now integral to the National Park Service Urban Agenda.
President and Mrs. Carter greeted the assembled friends and guests in the Plains High School auditorium after the ceremony.
The National Park Service has more than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 410 National Parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To celebrate the centennial, the NPS is inviting all generations to discover or rediscover the special places that belong to all Americans. It is challenging everyone to "Find Your Park" with creative events and activities throughout 2016. For more information visit: http://FindYourPark.com.
with information from the National Park Service-