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Media Advisory



Secretary Salazar to Dedicate National Conservation Areas in Southern Utah


Celebration will help Kick-Off National Tourism Week


05/04/2012

Contact: Adam Fetcher (Interior) 202-208-6416
Yanavey McCloskey (BLM) (435) 865-3032

On Monday, May 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will host a dedication ceremony for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas – welcoming members of the public as well as state, local and tribal officials to highlight the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and locally-supported conservation initiatives for communities in southern Utah.

The new national conservation areas, which were designated by Congress in 2009, are part of BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), which contains approximately 27 million acres of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. The ceremony program will also feature a performance by the Shivwitz Band of Paiute youth dancers and a blessing from an Elder from the Shivwitz Band of Paiute.

The event is free and will be open to the public. The ceremony will take place at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, with the stunning Red Mountain Wilderness as a backdrop.

WHO:
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
BLM Director Bob Abbey
State, Local and Tribal Officials
WHAT:
Dedication ceremony for Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas as part of the NLCS
WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Tuacahn Amphitheater, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah 84738
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