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National parks group honors Utah superintendent

Kate Cannon
Kate Cannon
National Park Service

WASHINGTON — The National Parks Conservation Association awarded its Stephen T. Mather Award to Kate Cannon, superintendent of the National Park Service's Southeast Utah Group, for her decades of work on behalf of national parks.

Cannon was honored for her leadership and collaboration in support of, among other things, the Moab Master Leasing Plan, which helps to protect Utah landmarks such as Arches and Canyonlands national parks from the impacts of nearby oil and gas development.

She was also recognized for her deep commitment to the protection of park view sheds throughout Utah with her advocacy for compliance with the Regional Haze Rule, the federal program designed to reduce air pollution in and near national parks.

Before being named in 2006 as superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group, which includes Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments, Cannon served as deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park.