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AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar to Tour Florida's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Discuss Everglades Restoration Activities
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BOYNTON BEACH, FL—As part of President Obama's unprecedented support for the restoration of the Everglades, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar tomorrow will travel to Florida to tour the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and meet with stakeholders to discuss efforts to preserve and restore the Florida Everglades.
During the airboat tour of the Refuge, Salazar will see first-hand how the ecosystem is expected to benefit from the recently-announced $880 million water quality agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida. The visit is part President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a community-based, 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tour of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Stakeholder Meeting
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
9:00 a.m. EDT Airboat Tour of Loxahatchee NWR
9:45 a.m. EDT Media Availability
10:00 a.m. EDT Stakeholder Meeting
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Media interested in attending the airboat tour must RSVP to Queen Muse (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 17 in order to secure a space on the boat.