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Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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Secretary Jewell, Senator Alexander to Highlight Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships During Visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Last edited 4/27/2016
TOWNSEND, TN – On Monday, March 3, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, focusing on the value of public-private partnerships to the region. Jewell and Alexander will recognize important community efforts that have benefitted the Park, and underscore the importance of these types of collaborations in preserving America's cultural heritage.
The Secretary and Senator Alexander will join regional stakeholders, local leaders and park officials for a discussion on the importance of public-private partnerships in conserving and honoring our country's shared history for future generations.
The discussion will be followed by an announcement regarding next steps for the region's Collections Preservation Center.
WHO: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Bob Patterson, President, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Regional officials and stakeholders
Secretary Jewell Visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
Monday, March 3 10:15 a.m. ET – Press Check-in 10:30 a.m. ET – Roundtable discussion 11:30 a.m. ET - Press Conference on next steps for Collections Preservation Center
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP here no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28.