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Salazar Joins Parkinson, Brownback and Sebelius for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Groundbreaking Ceremony


November 15, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, Senator Sam Brownback, and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius in a ground breaking ceremony for the new visitor center and administrative buildings at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City, Kansas on November 12th.


  • Chase County Elementary students pose with state and federal officials after displaying the quilt they created as part of the Building Common Ground Through the Quilts of Many Hands quilt project.
    Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Group picture
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Superintendent Wendy Lauritzen explains the quilt project. Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Superintendent Wendy Lauritzen speaks as children listen.
  • Chase County Elementary student Cael Budke reads the speech he presented to the House Federal and State Affairs Committee in the Spring of 2010 in support of making ‘Little Bluestem’ the state grass of Kansas. Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Secretary Salazar listens as a child makes  a presentation.
  • Former governor, Mike Hayden teases Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, while present and future Kansas Governors Mark Parkinson and Sam Brownback, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Midwest Regional Director Ernie Quintana observe, during the groundbreaking ceremony at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Panel listens as Mike Hayden speaks
  • Officials "dig in" at the ground breaking event. Pictured from left to right: National Park Trust President Bill Brownell, Midwest Regional Director Ernie Quintana, Director Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Alan Pollom, Director for the Kansas Park Trust Louise Carlin, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of  Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Lt. Gov. Troy Findley and Gov. Mark Parkinson

    Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Officials dig into the ground.
  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discuss the visitor center and administrative office for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Also pictured: Governor-elect Sam Brownback and Superintendent Wendy Lauritzen

    Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius walk.
  • Federal, regional, and state officials make their way to the visitor center and administrative offices groundbreaking ceremony at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
    Tami A.Heilemann-DOI
    Officials walk to visitor center.
  • Group picture
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Superintendent Wendy Lauritzen speaks as children listen.
  • Secretary Salazar listens as a child makes  a presentation.
  • Panel listens as Mike Hayden speaks
  • Officials dig into the ground.
  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius walk.
  • Officials walk to visitor center.