National Trust For Historic Preservation Names North Dakota’s Elkhorn Ranch One Of America’s Most Endangered Places

Washinton DC (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

This annual list spotlights important examples of the nations architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 230 sites have been on the list over its 25-year history, and in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.

A proposed road and bridge near Elkhorn Ranch would visually disrupt the landscape as well as introduce industrial traffic, noise and dust, through the very place that inspired Roosevelts views on conservation, according to Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust. Additionally, a permit for a proposed private gravel mining operation directly across the Little Missouri River from the Elkhorn Ranch Site is nearing approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

Earlier this week, the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) announced its support for a proposal to designate the area where Roosevelt ranched before he became president as a national monument. Tweed Roosevelt, great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and President of the TRA, said today he welcomes the recognition by the National Trust and will work with the Trust staff to preserve the site.

North Dakota is lucky to have one of the most famous sites in the history of conservation, Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, right in its beautiful Bad Lands, said Tweed Roosevelt. TR fought those who would ravage our natural resources for the benefit of the few. Now it is time to fight to save his ranch from the same type of selfish people today who would destroy it for their own personal gain.

Lowell Baier, former president of the Boone and Crockett Club, and a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, said: The Elkhorn Ranch is the very cradle of conservation in America, the sacred ground of the conservation movement, a geographic, tangible Arcadian icon of Americans cultural identity, symbolizing the conservation ethic unique to our Nation which Theodore Roosevelt conceived here in the 1880s. Hence it has also been referred to as the Walden Pond of the American West.

The Elkhorn Ranch, located along the Little Missouri River in the rugged North Dakota Badlands, inspired President Theodore Roosevelts deep appreciation for the American West and for conservation. Roosevelt first traveled to the Dakota Badlands in the 1880s to hunt buffalo and was so taken by the area that he invested in two ranches, making the Elkhorn Ranch his home. It was here that he first witnessed the rapid degradation of America’s wilderness and wildlife, and recognized the importance of conserving such national resources. The heart of the ranch is part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

During his presidency, Roosevelt set aside over 230 million acres of public lands in the form of National Parks, National Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests. Roosevelt said of Elkhorn, I never would have been President if it had not been for my experience in North Dakota.

“The Elkhorn Ranch is not only a picturesque historic site, but as a home to Theodore Roosevelt, a true cradle of conservation in the United States, said Trust President Meeks. “Building a road this close to the Elkhorn Ranch would permanently destroy the nationally significant historic place. Roosevelt had an enormous influence on Americas public lands system and promoted nationwide conservation of natural and cultural sites. His legacy should continue today through protection of this place.

Public comments on the proposed road and Little Missouri River crossing are being taken by the Federal Highway Administration until June 22. They can be submitted by mail to Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, Jennifer Turnbow, Project Manager, 128 Soo Line Dr., Bismarck, ND 58501 or by email to jennifer(dot)turnbow(at)kljeng(dot)com. Public comments on the proposed gravel mining operation are being taken by the U.S. Forest Service until June 11. A copy of the environmental assessment on the gravel operation, and the opportunity to comment, can be found at

Members of the public are invited to learn more about what they can do to support these 11 historic places and hundreds of other endangered sites at

Tweed Roosevelt, for interview purposes, can be reached at 617-523-8737

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HNTB Architecture Names New National, Kansas City Office Leaders

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

Two long-time members of the HNTB Architecture staff have been named to key leadership positions within the business unit of HNTB Corporation. Bane Gaiser, AIA, LEED, AP, has been named president of HNTB Architecture, and Christopher Migneron, AIA, has been named HNTB Architectures Kansas City office leader.

Gaiser oversees the commitment of firm resources for architecture projects in the federal, civic, aviation, transportation, convention center, sports, education and program management markets. His expertise includes the development and execution of strategies for design-build, design-bid-build, construction manager at risk, and program management projects.

He has more than 20 years of architecture experience, with more than a dozen of them at HNTB, and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kansas and Master of Science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University.

Chris Migneron, AIA, is HNTB Architectures Kansas City office leader, responsible for the offices overall design, business and management results. He has more than 14 years of architectural experience encompassing various delivery methods, including design-build. His expertise includes federal, sports, commercial and residential projects. Prior to his role as office leader, Migneron served as HNTB assistant project director on the new National Security Center Campus in Kansas City, Mo. HNTB serves on the CenterPoint Zimmer design and construction team for the campus, which will include nearly 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing spaces, laboratories, office space and warehouses, and is designed to be LEED

Ashland Names Shanaa to Lead Technology and Growth Strategy for Ashland Specialty Ingredients

Wilmington, Del. (PRWEB) August 07, 2012

Dr. May Shanaa has been named group vice president, Technology and Growth Strategy, for Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH). The announcement was made by John E. Panichella, senior vice president, Ashland Inc. and president, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, to whom she will report.

Shanaa will be responsible for leading Ashland Specialty Ingredients global research and development (R&D) and applications capabilities, with direct operational responsibility for the units global research and technical centers. In addition, Shanaa will be responsible for business development, including leading the strategic growth plan for the business.

With Mays leadership and distinguished qualifications, I am confident we will be able to drive our application expertise even closer to the customer and continue our focus on solving their unique formulation challenges, said Panichella. We look forward to the perspective and experience May brings to this role as she leads the aggressive growth strategy for our new product innovations.

Shanaa most recently served as global vice president, Skin Care and Portfolio Management at Johnson & Johnson, where she also held the role of vice president, R&D, global beauty care. In this role, Shanaa was involved in more than 200 product launches per year targeting the skin, hair and deodorant markets. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Shanaa spent more than 18 years at Unilever in skin care, laundry and home care in the UK, U.S. and Italy, where she was vice president of R&D home care. In 2002, she received Brandweeks Marketer of the Year award for the successful launch of Dove* Nutrium* Bar & Body Wash. Shanaa earned her masters degree in analytical science and her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Hull in the U.K.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product performance challenges in key markets including personal care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, coatings and energy. Using natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers and vinyl pyrrolidones, Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers comprehensive and innovative solutions for today’s demanding consumer and industrial applications.

In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit to see the innovations we offer through our four commercial units Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets.

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