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Joan Moody

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2003

Media Advisory

Secretary Norton To Unveil National Public Lands Volunteer Initiative and "Dig In" At Anacostia Park with Mayor Williams

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Interior Secretary Gale Norton will unveil a new public lands volunteer initiative today at the National Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon. The Secretary will then roll up her sleeves and head for Watts Branch Park in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C., where she and D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams will plant trees and clear invasive species as part of the first project under the new program.

Secretary Norton will encourage citizens, organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments to work together to restore and enhance America's natural and cultural resources.

Transportation will be provided for members of the press from the National Press Club to Heritage Park and back.

National Press Club
· Gale A. Norton, Secretary of the Interior
· Rick Schroder, actor and rancher-conservationist (NYPD Blue, Lonesome Dove & more)

Recognized Volunteers:
· John Corcoran III, Rio Rancho, N.M
· Anastacia Hernando, Salem, Mass.
· Patricia Briggs, Yuma, Ariz.
· Ray and Juanita Huber, Santa Clara, Utah
· Jim Montgomery, Roswell, N.M.
· Steve Noyes, Beltsville, Md.
· Rosalita Spiller, Carterville, Ill.
· Mollie Krival, Sanibel, Fla.
· Harriet Flotte, Towson, Md.

WHAT: Launching New Public Lands Volunteer Initiative
WHEN: April 16, 2003, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club Ballroom

· Gale A. Norton, Secretary of the Interior

· D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams more
· Rick Schroder, actor
· Members of the Natural Leaders, a neighborhood youth group
· Members of the Washington Parks and People, D.C. volunteer group
· Members of the United Methodist Church of Springfield

WHAT: Remove invasive species and plant red maple trees along an Anacostia River tributary
WHEN: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Park of Watts Branch Park, 601 Division Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.
Driving directions to Heritage Park:
Take 395 East to 295 North
Take 295 North/Kenilworth Ave. To the Burroughs Ave. exit
Take Burroughs Ave. for approximately three-quarters mile to Division Ave and turn right.
Heritage Park is one block down at the corner of Division Ave. and Foote St.

Attention TV assignment editors: B-roll of volunteers and delayed broadcast satellite coordinates for Press Club speech available upon request.


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