AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, Governor Markell, Congressional Delegation to Launch the Delaware Bayshore Initiative


Will Drive Conservation, Outdoor Recreation and Local Economies


05/24/2012

Contact: Adam Fetcher (Interior) 202-208-6416
Kyla Hastie (FWS) 413-253-8325
Melanie Rapp (DNREC) 302-739-9902
Katie Wilson (Carper) (302) 598-4915

SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. – On Tuesday, May 29, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to the Delaware coast to join federal, state, and local leaders and members of the conservation community to launch the Delaware Bayshore Initiative – part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the country.

The Delaware Bayshore Initiative is a partnership among the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware’s Congressional Delegation, the Department of the Interior, including the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service, non-governmental organizations, and bayshore communities. The Initiative will reinforce existing partnerships to conserve the region’s ecological integrity, increase recreational opportunities, and expand the tourism-based economy. The event will highlight several Bayshore projects – including land acquisitions, on-the-ground habitat and restoration projects and numerous planning efforts.

The event is open to the public. Following the formal program, Secretary Salazar and other dignitaries will participate in a media availability.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
Tom Carper, U.S. Senator
Collin O’Mara, Secretary, DNREC
Executive Director Kate Hackett, Delaware Wild Lands
Mayor of Bowers Beach Ron Hunsicker
Mayor of Slaughter Beach Frank Draper
WHAT: Speaking program and media availability.
WHEN:
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 2 p.m. Rain or shine.
WHERE:
359 Bay Avenue, Milford, Del.
Slaughter Beach Pavilion on the beach next to the Slaughter Beach Fire Hall.
MEDIA:
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.
Also, immediately following the media availability, members of the press can take a 20-minute tour by boat of the Bayshore, providing exceptional opportunities for photos. The boat tour is being offered by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.


Directions:

From the North:

  • Take State Route (SR) 1 South past Dover Air Force Base.
  • Continue South on SR 1 for about 12 miles, continuing past the Milford Exit.
  • Continue South on SR 1 for another 2 miles to the exit for Route 36.
  • Exit onto Route 36 toward Slaughter Beach.
  • Left (East) onto Cedar Beach Road – Route 36 – and continue for about 5 miles into the Town of Slaughter Beach. (Cedar Beach Road becomes Bay Road in the Town of Slaughter Beach.)
  • Continue straight on Bay Road for about 1.5 mi through the Town of Slaughter Beach to the Slaughter Beach Fire Hall (located on the left/east side of the road).
  • Look for signs for parking. Please allow extra time for parking.
  • Travel Time from Dover: Approximately 40 minutes.

From the South:

  • Take State Route (SR) 1 North from the intersection with U.S. Route 9 (Coastal Hwy) near Lewes.
  • Drive North on SR 1 for about 13 miles. Turn Right onto Slaughter Beach Road (St. Rt. 224).
  • Continue about 3.9 miles on Slaughter Beach Road.
  • Turn Left onto Bay Road.
  • Fire Hall is located on the Right (East side) less than 0.1 miles on Bay Road.
  • Look for signs for parking. Please allow extra time for parking.
  • Travel time from Lewes Rt.1/Rt. 9 intersection: Approximately 25 minutes.

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