Francis K. Hutchinson Medal

JF SeiberlingAwarded to figures of national importance for distinguished service to conservation

1988 Winner:  U.S. Rep. John F. Seiberling

While representing the 14th district of Ohio in the U.S. Congress from 1971-1986, Mr. Seiberling dedicated himself to environmental matters.  He was the leading authority on national parks and was a prime sponsor of legislation preserving 129 million acres of public land in national parks and wilderness areas throughout the United States.  Locally, his finest accomplishment came in 1974, when he authored legislation to create the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area to preserve the region’s historic and natural heritage.  Mr. Seiberling also sponsored the Alaska Wilderness Act and worked tirelessly to ensure its passage.  His was perhaps the greatest single conservation achievement of our time, bequeathing to future generations a legacy of parks, refuges and wilderness.

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