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Media Advisory



Secretary Salazar to Highlight Climate Change Agenda at Pelican Island,Nation’s First National Wildlife Refuge



12/16/2009

Contact: Kendra Barkoff, 202-208-6416

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge near Vero Beach, Florida, on Saturday, December 5, 2009, to highlight the threat posed by accelerating climate change to the refuge and wildlife habitat across the nation. Secretary Salazar will dedicate a new section of the Refuge’s Centennial Trail and tour the refuge via a guided kayak tour that is open to the media. Pelican Island was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 as the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge, anchoring what has become the world’s preeminent network of protected areas for wildlife. Now, the Refuge and many others like it are threatened by rising sea levels and temperatures.

 

Who: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
Sam Hamilton, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
What: Trail dedication and kayak tour of Pelican Island
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Media wishing to participate in the kayak tour must RSVP to
Joanna Webb at 772-562-3909 x258 no later than
2 p.m. on Thursday, December 3.
Media Note: Media wishing to participate in the kayak tour must RSVP to
Joanna Webb at 772-562-3909 x258 no later than
2 p.m. on Thursday, December 3.
Directions:

From I-95, take Exit 156 (Fellsmere Rd, also County Road 512) East, continue on Fellsmere Road to US 1 in Sebastian, turn right onto US 1 traveling south, turn left at the intersection of Wabasso Road (County Road 510), continue on Wabasso Road over the Indian River Lagoon to the intersection of A1A, turn left on A1A traveling north and drive 3.7 miles, turn left onto Historic Jungle Trail.  Travel 0.6 miles to Pelican Island viewing area.  Turn right into parking lot.