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Media Advisory



AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, Governor Dayton to Tour Mississippi National River, Meet With Stakeholders


Will also hold town hall at University of Minnesota to wrap-up four-state Midwest Swing on conservation, outdoor recreation


08/16/2012


Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416


ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, August 17, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on a boat tour of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area. Following the tour, Salazar will hold a media availability and meet with America’s Great Outdoors stakeholders to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to promoting community-based recreation and conservation while advancing job and volunteer opportunities.

Media is invited to participate in the boat tour with Salazar and Dayton. Space is limited, so RSVP’s are required no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT.

At 11 a.m. CDT, Salazar will host a town hall at the University of Minnesota, where he will discuss the potential impacts of unbalanced cuts to conservation, tourism, and the outdoor economy.

Salazar’s visit to Minnesota will conclude a four-state tour this week to highlight America’s Great Outdoors initiatives that enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.

EVENT #1—Mississippi National River and Recreation Area AGO Project Boat Tour & Media Availability

WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota
Tom Landwehr, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
WHAT: Boat Tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Media Availability
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012
8:00 a.m. CDT – boat tour
9:15 a.m. CDT – media availability
WHERE: St. Paul Yacht Club
375 Water Street West
Saint Paul, MN
MEDIA: Credentialed media interested in attending the boat tour must RSVP to Queen Muse (queen_muse@ios.doi.gov) no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT on August 16 in order to secure space on the boat.

EVENT #2—AGO / Conservation Town Hall

WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
WHAT: America’s Great Outdoors Town Hall
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012
11:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

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