Norton to Unveil Tribute to Environmentalist Pioneer Rachel Carson in Glover Archbold Park, Today

Sep 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years of working with Glover Park residents to get recognition of Rachel Carson’s work in the District of Columbia, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will join residents and Rock Creek Park Superintendent Tara Morrison to unveil a special informational feature in Glover Archbold Park honoring Carson, the environmental pioneer and an inspiration for the development of the environmental movement, today, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at 4400 Reservoir Road NW.  Initially, the community requested that a trail in Glover Archbold Park be named for Carson, and in 2013, Norton introduced a bill to rename the trail after Carson, and a companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).  When the National Park Service (NPS) and other officials could not be convinced, Norton worked with NPS on a compromise and got the agency to install the interactive feature honoring Carson in Glover Archbold Park.  Carson, a federal employee who wrote for the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, used Glover Archbold Park as a site to draw observations about nature and the environment.

“It has become a pleasure to work with the Glover Park community, who did the hard work of gathering picture and other evidence that enabled us to get this long-overdue recognition of Rachel Carson’s path-breaking environmental work installed where it belongs—in Glover Archbold Park,” Norton said.  “The credit for this achievement goes to the residents who worked for years to raise awareness on the need to properly honor Carson.  I hope that the feature will educate visitors to Glover Archbold Park about the environmental movement that began with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.”