Stanback receives national conservation award

  • Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:10 p.m.
Fred Stanback tours Spencer Woods during the town's 2012 Arbor Day Celebration. Photo by Anna Eyler, Salisbury Post
Fred Stanback tours Spencer Woods during the town's 2012 Arbor Day Celebration. Photo by Anna Eyler, Salisbury Post

Fred Stanback, long-time conservationist and philanthropist, has been awarded the National Parks Conservation Association’s first-ever Sequoia Award. The new award, to be presented to Stanback at a reception this evening, will honor individuals who have enhanced the advocacy organization’s efforts to protect the National Park System or individual national parks.

“Fred Stanback embodies the very definition of the Sequoia Award, and it’s fitting that he is our initial recipient,” Don Barger, the association’s senior Southeast regional director, said in a news release. “For many years, he has provided support to NPCA and helped to foster the next generation of park stewards through the Stanback Internship Program.”

In 1995, Stanback and his wife Alice established the Stanback Internship Program within the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. The program enables students to intern at conservation organizations throughout the summer months. The National Parks Conservation Association has benefited from the assistance of Stanback interns for years – including several who became employees.

The Sequoia Award recognizes extraordinary commitment to the organization and its work through philanthropy, volunteer service, programmatic efforts, or policy work. Awardees will have demonstrated their commitment and leadership to the association for a sustained period of time.

Stanback is currently on the boards of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, Catawba College and the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation.  In addition, he serves on the president’s council of the Southern Environmental Law Center, as well as the national council of the Sierra Club Foundation.

For more information about the National Parks Conservation Association, visit

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