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April 18, 2008
Joan Moody


Secretary Kempthorne to Present Top Cooperative Conservation Awards At Start of Earth Day Celebration

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will present the Department of the Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award to 21 finalists at a ceremony in the Main Interior Building on Monday, April 21. The event marks the start of week-long Earth Day (April 22) celebrations in the nation’s capital.

The 21 awards recognize the work of more than 700 groups and individuals who achieved excellence in conservation through collaboration and partnerships.

Who: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
What: Presentation of 21 Cooperative Conservation Awards (see list at end)
When: Monday, April 21, 2008, 3 p.m.
Where: Main Auditorium, Department of the Interior,
1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Media: All credentialed media are invited to attend and photograph the event.

List of Partnership Awards:

  • Great Northern Environmental Stewardship Area (Montana)
  • Hooper Bay Subsistence ATV Trail Project Partnership (Alaska)
  • Mount Rainier Recovery Initiative (Washington)
  • Mr. Tavita Togia, National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)
  • Mark A. Benedict, The Conservation Fund (posthumous) (West Virginia)
  • East Bay Wetland and Water Quality Protection Project (Texas)
  • Matanuska-Susitna Salmon Habitat Conservation Partnership (Alaska)
  • Northern Forest Woodcock Initiative (New England and New York)
  • Penobscot River Restoration Trust (Maine)
  • Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming); San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (Colorado, New Mexico)
  • Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program/Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee (Arizona)
  • Alabama Hills Stewardship Group (California)
  • Animas River Stakeholders Group (Colorado)
  • Jupiter Inlet Working Group (Florida)
  • Milsap Mill Tailings Restoration Partnership (Colorado)
  • Restore New Mexico Partnership (New Mexico)
  • Willamette River Water Trail Partnership (Oregon)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks / Minerals Management Service Coastal Marine Institute (Alaska)
  • Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (California, Nevada, Arizona)
  • South Arkansas Sparta Aquifer Recovery (Arkansas)
  • Upper San Pedro Partnership (Arizona)
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