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Contact: Frank Quimby 202-208-7291,
For Immediate Release; September 17, 2004
Doug Zimmer 360-753-4370 ,
Media Advisory
Quinault Indian Nation Settlement to Conserve Marbled Murrelet Habitat

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Quinault Indian Nation President Pearl Capoeman-Baller will sign an agreement to preserve more than 4,000 acres of forest habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Trust for Public Land also will sign the settlement.

Under the agreement, Interior will purchase conservation easements on Quinault timberlands on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. The Trust for Public Lands, a national conservation group, will provide some of the funding for the purchase and assist the Quinault Indian Nation with its natural resource planning.

The signing will take place at the Main Interior Building in Room 5160 at
11:45 a.m. Secretary Norton and President Capoeman-Baller will deliver brief remarks before signing the agreement. A news media availability will follow.

WHO: Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton; President of the Quinault Indian Nation Pearl Capoeman-Baller

WHAT: Signing settlement to conserve marbled murrelet forest habitat

WHERE: Room 5160, Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240

WHEN: 11:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 20, 2004

MEDIA: Credentialed media should arrive at the Main Interior Building no later than 11:20 a.m. and enter through the C Street entrance, where they will be met and escorted to the signing ceremony.



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