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Media Advisory



AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar to Visit Florida, Make Major Conservation Announcements



01/13/2012

Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416
Ken Warren (FWS) 772-643-4407
Tom MacKenzie (FWS) 678-296-6400

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe will kick-off a two day trip to Florida to make two important conservation announcements that are part of the Administration’s efforts to preserve and restore the Florida Everglades. The visit comes as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative to establish a community-based, 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.

During next week’s trip, Secretary Salazar will highlight the job-creating impacts and economic benefits of tourism, outdoor recreation and conservation in the Everglades and around Florida.

On Tuesday, Salazar and Ashe will join U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to make an announcement regarding wildlife and the Florida Everglades. The announcement will take place along the Tamiami Trail just outside of Miami. Later on, Salazar will attend the Everglades Foundation “Everglades Water Supply Summit” in Tallahassee where he will identify next steps in the restoration of the Florida Everglades during a panel discussion entitled, “What’s Next.” 

On Wednesday, Salazar and Ashe will conclude their trip in Haines City with Senator Nelson where they will make an important announcement regarding the proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.

EVENT 1:  Florida Everglades Conservation Announcement

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator
WHAT: Florida Everglades Conservation Announcement
WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
9:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: S-333 pumping structure, located about eight miles west of the new Tamiami
Bridge on Tamiami Trail

EVENT 2:  Everglades Water Supply Summit

WHO:   Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Adam Putnam, Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture
Mike Haridopolos, President, Florida State Senate  
Paul Tudor Jones, Chairman, the Everglades Foundation
WHAT: Everglades Water Supply Summit
WHEN:   Tuesday, January 17, 2012
3:00 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1640
*room 208

EVENT 3:  Proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area Announcement

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator
WHAT: Proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation
Area
WHEN:
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
10:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE:   Florida Chapter’s Future Farmers of America Training Center
5000 Firetower Road
Haines City, Florida 33844
863-439-7332
MEDIA:  For directions, please visit: http://www.flaltc.org/directions.htm

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