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Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am

Special to The Explorer

Gary Machlis, Ph.D., science adviser to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, has been presented the Emil W. Haury Award by the Western National Parks Association.

The award, presented Dec. 2, is named for the noted anthropologist, archeologist and University of Arizona professor who was instrumental in the founding in 1938 of Southwest Monuments Association, which later became WNPA.

The Haury Award recognizes “outstanding contributions to scientific research in the national parks and monuments,” a release said. The board of directors of the Oro Valley-based cooperating association lauded Machlis for creating “a greater public understanding of the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved in the national parks.”

Machlis is professor of conservation at the University of Idaho, and has written several books on conservation. His research has been widely published in scientific journals. He served as the NPS Visiting Chief Social Scientist and as the national coordinator of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network. Machlis fills a newly created position as NPS science adviser.

The Haury Award was presented at a reception in the WNPA home office in Oro Valley. Other honors that night included superior-performance awards to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico; to Al Remley, chief of interpretation at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas; and to Julie-Mann-Cherry, WNPA manager at Golden Spike National Historic Site in Utah.

WNPA is affiliated with 66 national parks in the western United States, operates bookstores in those parks, and has contributed more than $55 million in aid to the parks in support of research, education, and interpretation.

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