The Nature Conservancy Congratulates and Thanks Cong. Dingell For Years of Service

Rep. John Dingell enjoyed a record 58 years of service in Congress

LANSING, MICHIGAN | February 26, 2014

Leaders of The Nature Conservancy today expressed appreciation and gratitude to Cong. John Dingell for his leadership in conservation of our natural resources as part of his record 58 years of service in Congress, as news of his retirement announcement spread earlier this week.

“The Nature Conservancy is profoundly grateful for Congressman Dingell’s distinguished service to our country and his dedication to protecting our lands and waters,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “We deeply appreciate his commitment and tenacity as a champion of some of the nation’s most important environmental issues.”

Tercek cited Cong. Dingell as “the driving force behind some of America’s most significant environmental laws, including the National Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Air Act of 1990” in a recent letter to the Congressman. He also mentioned his leadership for “many of our most beloved land and water conservation projects, providing not only his home state of Michigan, but the entire country economic, recreational, and environmental benefits for years to come.”

Dingell was a trustee of The Nature Conservancy in Michigan from 2007 to 2012, serving as a partner and leader in many Conservancy conservation efforts.

“Michigan’s natural resources are healthier, cleaner and better protected because of the work of Congressman Dingell,” said State Director Helen Taylor. “We are grateful for his years of service to our country and to The Nature Conservancy. He is a true friend and partner. We wish him well in his retirement.”

Taylor pointed to Dingell’s leadership in creating and expanding the first-ever International Wildlife Refuge at the Detroit River. In 2006, the Conservancy enrolled its Erie Marsh Preserve into the Refuge, thereby doubling the size of the area managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Since 2001, the refuge has grown from 394 acres to more than 5,000 acres today.

Congressman Dingell, who led the congressional effort to establish the Refuge in 2001, hailed the expansion announcement in 2006: “Congratulations to the Refuge and to The Nature Conservancy for this extraordinary partnership in conservation,” Congressman John Dingell said. “It’s very personally gratifying to see the refuge grow and expand through this wonderful collaborative effort with The Nature Conservancy.”

Conservancy leaders are working on formally recognizing Cong. Dingell at a later date.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Melissa Molenda
The Nature Conservancy
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