Secretary Salazar to Kick-Off Four State Swing to Highlight Conservation and Outdoor Recreation as Economic Engines for Local Communities

Office of the Secretary

Will Discuss America's Great Outdoors Initiatives to Boost Tourism and Fuel Local Economies

8/14/2012


WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to four Midwestern states to highlight America's Great Outdoors (AGO) initiatives to enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.

Outdoor recreation is an important factor in the nation's economy, supporting an estimated 6.1 million direct American jobs and generating $646 billion in direct consumer spending each year.

On Wednesday, August 15, Secretary Salazar will visit Milwaukee, WI, to meet with stakeholders to discuss the Administration's conservation accomplishments and efforts to boost outdoor recreation. The Secretary will provide updates on the two Wisconsin AGO projects: Lake Michigan Water Trail and Ice Age Trail. Following the meeting, Secretary Salazar will hold a press conference to unveil the results of a comprehensive national survey on hunting, fishing, and wildlife-associated recreation over the last five years. Later in the day, Secretary Salazar will join U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to make an announcement regarding the proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), which is part of the AGO initiative. The 11,200 acre refuge will span both Illinois and Wisconsin and will be established primarily through conservation easements, donations, and cooperative agreements.

On Thursday, August 16, accompanied by Senator Durbin and local leaders in Chicago, Secretary Salazar will announce new partnerships and commitments to the Millennium Reserve and a suite of projects to implement the AGO initiative in the Calumet Region. Secretary Salazar and Senator Durbin will travel to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to tour the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

On Friday, August 17, Secretary Salazar will join Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on a boat tour of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area before meeting with AGO stakeholders and then deliver a speech and host a town hall at the University of Minnesota, where he will discuss the potential impacts of unbalanced cuts to conservation, tourism, and the outdoor economy.

WEDNESDAY EVENT #1
Conservation Stakeholder Meeting
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Conservation leaders
WHAT: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Stakeholder Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

10:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Urban Ecology Center

1500 East Park Place

Milwaukee, Wisconsin



WEDNESDAY EVENT #2
Press Conference / Press Conference Call
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
WHAT: Press Conference to Unveil National Hunting & Fishing Survey
WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

11:30 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Urban Ecology Center

1500 East Park Place

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MEDIA: Members of the credential media are invited to participate in the press conference call by dialing 1-888-810-5908 and entering access code: INTERIOR.



WEDNESDAY EVENT #3
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Visit
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
WHAT: Announcement on the Proposed National Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

4:15 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Glacial Park - Lost Valley Visitor Center

Route 31 & Harts Road

Ringwood, IL



THURSDAY EVENT #1
Millennium Reserve Press Conference
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator

Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

Marc Miller, Director of Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Chicago Area Conservation Organizations
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce Millennium Reserve Projects
WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012

10:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Burnham Wildlife Corridor Plaza

3100 S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL



THURSDAY EVENT #2
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Site Visit
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
WHAT: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Site Visit and Tour
WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012

12:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

100 North Lake Street

Gary, IN



FRIDAY EVENT # 1
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area AGO Project Boat Tour
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota

Tom Landwehr, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
WHAT: Boat Tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012

8:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: St. Paul Yacht Club

375 Water Street West

Saint Paul, MN
MEDIA:
Credentialed media interested in attending the boat tour must RSVP to Queen Muse (queen_muse@ios.doi.gov) no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 16 in order to secure space on the boat.



FRIDAY EVENT #2
Media Availability
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota

Tom Landwehr, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
WHAT: Media Availability on the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area AGO Project
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012

9:15 a.m. CDT
WHERE: St. Paul Yacht Club

375 Water Street West

Saint Paul, MN



FRIDAY EVENT #3
AGO Stakeholder Meeting
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota

Tom Landwehr, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
WHAT: Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Minnesota AGO Projects
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012

9:30 a.m. CDT
WHERE: St. Paul Yacht Club

375 Water Street West

Saint Paul, MN



FRIDAY EVENT #4
AGO / Conservation Town Hall
WHO: Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
WHAT: Speech and Conservation Town Hall
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012

11:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Cowles Auditorium

301 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN



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