Secretary Salazar to Discuss Economic Importance of Conservation and Tourism, Celebrate New National Refuge Units

Also Will Keynote Everglades Coalition Conference

1/10/2013


PELICAN ISLAND, FL. – On Friday, January 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Florida to celebrate the establishment of six new national wildlife refuge units across the country during the past year and the renaming of a seventh in honor of a late U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director by laying commemorative planks on a walkway at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Salazar will also discuss the economic importance of tourism and conservation with the Miami Chamber of Commerce and give the keynote address at the Everglades Coalition annual conference.

The six new refuge units to be honored are: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, NM; Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area near Mora, N.M., Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois; Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado; Swan Valley Conservation Area in Montana; and Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Starkville, Mississippi, was renamed the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge to memorialize the Service's former director.

EVENT #1: Tourism and Conservation Discussion with the Miami Chamber of Commerce

WHO:
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Miami Chamber of Commerce Members






















WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2013

8:30 a.m. EDT






















WHERE: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

1601 Biscayne Boulevard

Miami, FL 33132 























EVENT #2: Plank Laying Ceremony to Celebrate New National Wildlife Refuge Units

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Charlie Pelizza, Refuge Manager, Pelican Island NWR

New refuge unit representatives and stakeholders
WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2013

12:00 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Pelican Island NWR

Centennial Trail Boardwalk

Vero Beach, FL
MEDIA: Media are invited to join the ceremony by dialing 1-888-968 4347 and providing the access code INTERIOR. (listen-only)


EVENT #3: Keynote Address at the 28th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior






















WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2013

7:30 p.m. EDT (dinner)

8:30 p.m. EDT (keynote address)






















WHERE:
Biltmore Miami – Coral Gables

1200 Anastasia Avenue

Coral Gables, FL 33134
























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