Secretary Salazar, Senator Bingaman to Hear About Local Conservation Efforts Underway in Middle Rio Grande Valley

Office of the Secretary

Will Host Stakeholder Meeting in Albuquerque and Attend Potash Meeting in Carlsbad During Visit to New Mexico

1/4/2012


CARLSBAD and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Thursday, Jan. 5, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will wrap-up his two-day trip promoting the economic benefits behind tourism, energy, water, and conservation in Western rural communities with a stop in New Mexico. In Albuquerque, Salazar will join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor, and Senator Jeff Bingaman at a stakeholder meeting to learn about ongoing conservation initiatives taking place in the Middle Rio Grande. Site of Albuquerque's recently established urban wildlife refuge, the area holds countless opportunities to connect urban populations to nature, a key objective in President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative.

Earlier in the day, Salazar, Bingaman, and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey will attend a Potash /Oil and Gas Steering Committee Meeting in Carlsbad. Following the meeting, participants will discuss recent, positive movements by both the oil and gas and potash industries regarding long-standing conflicts within the Secretary's Potash Area (SPA) during a media availability.

EVENT 1: Potash/Oil and Gas Meeting

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Jeff Bingaman. U.S. Senator

Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

Jesse Juen, New Mexico State Director, Bureau of Land

Management

Potash/Oil and Gas Steering Committee
WHAT: Potash/Oil and Gas Media Availability
WHEN: Thursday, January 5, 2012

11:45 a.m. Media Availability
WHERE: Meet at the BLM Office by 10:45am in Carlsbad NM located at 620 East Greene Street (Hwy 62/180) east of Carlsbad. BLM will escort media to the Mosaic #5 Shaft for the meeting and media availability. Travel time is about 30 minutes.


EVENT 2: Middle Rio Grande Meeting and Media Availability

WHO:
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Jeff Bingaman. U.S. Senator

Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
WHAT:
Middle Rio Grande Meeting and Media Availability
WHEN:
Thursday, January 5, 2012

2:30 p.m. Middle Rio Grande Meeting

3:50 p.m. Media Availability
WHERE: Rio Grande Nature Center Educational Center

2901 Candelaria Road NW

Albuquerque, NM 87107




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