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Amah Mutsun wins accolades at Pinnacles

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  • Sal Camarillo
    The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has received national recognition for its work at Pinnacles National Park in collaborating with the Universities of California,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2013
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      The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has received national recognition for its work at Pinnacles National Park in collaborating with the Universities of California, Santa Cruz and Berkeley to conduct two research projects that took an innovative approach to habitat restoration.

      The projects integrated traditional Native American land management practices with contemporary techniques to restore and protect the natural and cultural processes in the unique California grassland system.

      The tribe was awarded the 2012 George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service by a group on Feb. 21. The award is named for George Hartzog, Jr., a former National Park Service director who started the Volunteers-In-Parks Program in 1970.

      �It really is well deserved and it�s a significant recognition of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band�s tremendous contribution,� said Mark Paxton, the interim executive director of the Pinnacles Partnership, a nonprofit that supports the park. �A very effective partnership has been formed.�

      Paxton noted that the resdesignation of Pinnacles from a monument to a park on Feb. 18 included the Amah Mutsun as part of an effort to recognize the contributions to the park�s history by all people in the region.


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