Conservationist and Actor Harrison Ford honored by Congressional Foundation

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Conservationist and Actor Harrison Ford honored by Congressional
Longtime Conservation International board member named 'Good Steward'

Washington D.C. (Sept. 19, 2006) -- Actor and Conservation
International (CI) board member Harrison Ford was honored at the
inaugural gala for the International Conservation Caucus Foundation
(ICCF) - dedicated to raising awareness in Congress about
international conservation issues. An active member of CI's board of
directors for more than 15 years, Ford continues to be an integral part
in shaping Conservation International's mission to conserve
biodiversity around the world. Ford was recognized Tuesday night with
the "ICCF Good Steward Award" for his lifetime of passion toward
environmental issues.

"We can unite the world to take individual responsibility by
establishing a global conservation ethic that every person - rich,
poor, indigenous - can embrace," Ford said in his acceptance remarks.
"We need every person on the planet, all 6.5 billion inhabitants, to
understand that they must do their part and take individual
responsibility for conserving, protecting and restoring nature."

Ford has also been deeply involved with other conservation groups with
work such as:

(*) Narrating PSAs for Conservation International, Earthshare, and
Environmental Media Association

(*) Receiving a Lindbergh award for his work patrolling the Hudson
River watershed by helicopter as Riverkeepers' first "airborne

(*) Donating half of his Jackson, Wyoming estate to the Jackson Hole
Land Trust as a conservation easement

The ICCF also honored Yves Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, and Office
of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman. As the original author
of the Tropical Forests Conservation Act (TFCA), Portman helped create
the framework for many developing nations to engage in "debt for
nature" swaps with the U.S. Government, which offer them the
opportunity to relieve some official debt owed the U.S. while at the
same time generating funds to conserve their country's natural


The International Conservation Caucus (ICC) was founded in the U.S.
House of Representatives in September 2003 when Representatives E. Clay
Shaw, Jr. (R-FL), John S. Tanner (D-TN), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Tom Udall
(D-NM) joined together to establish the ICC as a forum for Members of
Congress who share the conviction that "the United States of America
has the opportunity, the obligation and the interests to advance the
conservation of natural resources globally for this and future
generations." The bipartisan House ICC now consists of 123 Members of
Congress (61 Republicans, 62 Democrats).

Inspired by the work and appeal of the House Caucus, Senators Sam
Brownback (R-KS) and Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) formed the Senate ICC in
October 2005, assuming leadership as its Co-Chairmen.

The ICC Foundation was inspired by these Members of Congress and the
International Conservation Partnership (ICP), a collaborative effort of
four leading U.S.-based conservation non-governmental organizations
including Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife
Conservation Society, and World Wildlife Fund.

(Source: Conservation International)

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