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Contact: Kathryn Harrington
For Immediate Release: July 14, 2004
Secretary Norton Welcomes Ohio Gov. Taft
to Take Pride in America

(WASHINGTON) - Interior Secretary Gale Norton today welcomed Ohio Gov. Bob Taft to Take Pride in America's Council of Governors, bringing the number of participating governors to 45.

"I'm delighted Governor Taft is committed to rallying volunteers to help maintain and improve Ohio's outdoor spaces," said Norton. "Take Pride in America is a wonderful opportunity for Ohio's communities to join together in a concerted effort to keep one of America's most prized treasures - our public lands - vibrant and beautiful."

"There is no doubt Ohio's citizens are committed to making a difference, as evidenced by the state's successful 'Plant Pride, Not Litter' campaign," said Marti Allbright, Take Pride in America executive director. "We welcome Scott Zody as Ohio's state coordinator for Take Pride and look forward to working with him on anti-litter and Take Pride in America projects in Ohio."

Take Pride in America's Council of Governors is made up of governors from 45 states and one territory who have agreed to participate in the Take Pride program and support its mission.

Take Pride in America is a national partnership that aims to seek, support and recognize volunteers who work to improve our public parks, forests, grasslands, reservoirs, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds, and other recreation areas. With 100 charter partners, Take Pride involves federal, state and local governments, conservation, youth and recreation groups, and top national corporations and organizations. Together, we protect and enhance the special legacy all Americans share - our public lands that cover one in every three acres across the nation. For more information visit:


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