WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 8, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey and other federal leaders will join National Geographic Society President and CEO John M. Fahey in a ceremony at the society’s headquarters unveiling a ground-breaking framework to formally adopt the principles of geotourism.
|Who:||Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
John M. Fahey Jr. President, CEO, National Geographic Society
Terry Garcia, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Society
Mark Rey, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mary Bomar, Director, National Park Service
Jerold Gidner, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Henri Bisson, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management
Kenneth Stansell, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sally Collins, Associate Chief, Forest Service
Other Invited Guests
|What:||Formal Signing Ceremony and Announcement of a
Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Geotourism on Federal and Indian Lands. This event will celebrate National Geographic's new agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.
|When:||Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 1 p.m.|
|Where:||National Geographic Society Board Room
1600 M Street, N.W.
|Why:||The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a first step to promote geotourism as a collaborative
approach among governmental agencies and private partners. Pioneered by National Geographic
since 2002, geotourism refers to tourism that helps sustain or enhance the geographical character of
a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.
The new agreement promotes geotourism as it relates to areas that include national parks, national forests, BLM lands, Indian lands, national wildife refuges, other public lands and adjacent communities.
|Media:||All credentialed media are invited to attend and photograph the event. It will be of special interest to travel, environmental and natural resources media as well as other media interested in national parks, forests and other public lands, Indian lands, and the link between tourism and economics.|