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Secretary Jewell, Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, BLM Director Neil Kornze to Celebrate 15th Anniversary of America's Newest Conservation System
Officials to Highlight Importance of BLM's National Conservation Lands
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SHELTER COVE, Calif. – On Saturday, June 20, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Conservation Lands, which encompass 874 units and more than 30 million acres of public land across the nation.
Secretary Jewell, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, BLM Director Neil Kornze, and conservation and community leaders will gather for a public celebration at the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA) – the first unit of the National Conservation Lands system – to highlight the importance of public lands and the success of the BLM's conservation initiatives.
The King Range NCA covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline in Humboldt County – a rugged and remote region known as California's Lost Coast. This spectacular meeting of land and sea, where mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf, offers recreation opportunities as diverse as the landscape.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, Former Secretary of the Interior Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management Jim Kenna, California State Director, Bureau of Land Management
15th Anniversary Celebration of BLM's National Conservation Lands
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 a.m. PDT – Media check-in 11:30 a.m. PDT – Community celebration 12:15 p.m. PDT – Media availability
Black Sands Beach Trailhead, King Range National Conservation Area Directions:From Highway 101 at Redway, follow signs for Shelter Cove, about 21 miles. Look for Beach Road on the right immediately when you enter Shelter Cove and follow signs for Black Sands Beach. GPS location: 40.052511, -124.068220
Credentialed members of the media are encouraged to RSVP here.