AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar to Mark Major Milestone in Restoration of Maine's Penobscot River

Will also visit L.L. Bean Flagship store to make announcement on outdoor education funding with National Park Foundation

6/8/2012



On Monday, June 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will participate in a ceremony to begin removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine – a major step toward enabling the river to flow freely from Old Town to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations.

The Penobscot River Restoration Project is a landscape-level conservation effort that will return endangered Atlantic salmon to their historic spawning ground, support hydropower production, and restore a Tribal Nation's connection to their cultural heritage. The project is one of 50 river projects from across the nation highlighted by Salazar as a model for community-driven river restoration.

In the afternoon, Salazar will hold a press conference at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Along with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America's national parks, and L.L. Bean, Salazar will provide an update on the year-long Million Moment Mission. A celebration of the company's 100-year anniversary, L.L. Bean has committed $1 million to the National Park Foundation's “America's Best Idea” program in support of efforts to increase children's opportunities to spend time outdoors.

EVENT #1: PENOBSCOT RIVER RESTORATION

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management / Acting Deputy Administrator, NOAA

Pat Keiher, Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources

Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Indian Nation

WHAT:
Commemoration Ceremony for the removal of the Great Works Dam, including removal of a portion of the dam
WHEN: Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 10 AM EDT
WHERE:
Great Works Dam
Broad Street

Bradley, Maine
MEDIA: RSVP to Merritt Carey
207-699-9492

event@penobscotriver.org (preferred)


EVENT #2: L.L. BEAN

WHO:
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Neil Mulholland, President & CEO, National Park Foundation

Chris McCormick, President and CEO of L.L. Bean
WHAT: Update on L.L. Bean's Million Moment Mission
WHEN:
Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 2:30 PM EDT
WHERE: L.L. Bean Flagship Store
95 Main Street

Freeport, ME 04032

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