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February 19, 2008

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Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to Announce Funding for Conservation, Restoration Projects in Nevada

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will join members of Nevada’s congressional delegation to announce major conservation, restoration and wildfire protection projects for Clark County, Lake Tahoe and other areas of the state. Participating in the event will be U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign; U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley; and U.S. Congressmen Jon Porter.

The announcement will take place at an 11 a.m. ground breaking ceremony for a new visitor center at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management facility located about 17 miles west of Las Vegas.

Funding for the projects is authorized under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act of 1998. The funds, generated from the sale of U.S. public lands identified for disposal in the Las Vegas Valley, facilitate a broad array of restoration and improvement projects in the state.

Who: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
U.S. Senator Harry Reid
U.S. Senator John Ensign
U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley
U.S. Congressmen Jon Porter
What: Ground breaking ceremony and announcement of conservation and restoration
projects funded under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 at 11 a.m. PST
Where: Red Rock Canyon NCA visitor center grounds, 17 miles west of Las Vegas,
Nevada. Driving directions: West on Charleston Blvd.; past the 215, Charleston turns into State Route 159; right at the visitor center driveway.
Media: Credentialed media are invited to attend. Contact Doran Sanchez at 775-861- 6629 for more information.

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