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AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar to Hold Roundtable on Tourism and Recreation in Nashua, New Hampshire Tomorrow
Will Discuss New ‘Blueway' Designation for Connecticut River
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NASHUA, NH– On Thursday, May 24, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a roundtable with outdoor business and conservation leaders to discuss the economic benefits of tourism and outdoor recreation to local economies. The dialogue, held at the Eastern Mountain Sports store, will focus on the importance of investing in rivers, parks, refuges, and other public lands to promote economic growth and create jobs.
Earlier Thursday in Hartford, CT, Salazar will sign a Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and name the Connecticut River Watershed as the nation's first National Blueway. His visit to New England is part of this week's focus at Interior on rivers, under the umbrella of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of Nashua
Roundtable Discussion on Rivers, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 2:30 pm ET
Eastern Mountain Sports Store
266 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH 03060
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.