Actor Ted Danson will give U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva an award tonight for the congressman's efforts to protect national parks and public lands during his decade-long tenure in the House.


Grijalva will receive the Western National Parks Association’s Edward B. Danson Award, named for the actor's archeologist father. The award will be presented at the group’s 75th anniversary celebration in Tucson.


Grijalva is a hero for many conservationists for his unstinting environmentalism, although for the same reason many conservatives and business advocates don't like him.


He led the successful fight to put a moratorium on new uranium mining claims on federal lands near the Grand Canyon, and has crusaded to protect wild horses on public lands. He also got legislation passed to create the National Landscape Conservation System on Bureau of Land Management lands and has been an outspoken fighter for efforts to curb climate change.


When Democrats controlled the House a few years back, Grijalva chaired the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Now, with Republicans in charge, he is ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations.


Edward Danson was assistant director, and then director, of the Museum of Northern Arizona from 1956 to 1975. He also was a board member for the national parks group and was a longtime national parks advocate.


Grijalva will receive the award at the Westward Look Resort in the Catalina Foothills. The event, starting at 7, is sold out.