Secretary Salazar Praises Release of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Strategy for Public Review



10/05/2011

Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the following statement on the Gulf Coast Task Force’s submission today of a preliminary strategy for Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration for public review:

“This is the moment to transform crisis into meaningful restoration that will benefit the Gulf Coast and all Americans for generations to come,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “I commend the Task Force for building a comprehensive strategy for restoring coastal wetlands, improving habitat for wildlife and fisheries, and strengthening the health of the natural resources and Gulf Coast communities that draw visitors from around the globe.

“The Task Force’s preliminary strategy is the result of a collaborative effort among five Gulf Coast states and 11 federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, and includes significant input from the public, NGOs, tribes, businesses and local governments.

“The strategy builds upon existing state plans and proposes specific actions to implement the Louisiana Coastal Area authorization and Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, among others. The strategy supports ongoing efforts by Interior to restore Gulf Island National Seashore and increase habitat conservation at a number of national wildlife refuges throughout the Gulf.

“I encourage all Gulf Coast residents and those throughout the country who rely on the Gulf of Mexico for its natural resources to review and provide feedback on this preliminary strategy.”

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