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Tag: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar


Pinnacles becomes 59th national park

America has a new national park today. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis today celebrated the establishment of the country’s 59th national park with President Obama’s signature of legislation to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to Pinnacles National Park.

Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains east of central California’s Salinas Valley, Pinnacles is the result of millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the park’s boundaries lie nearly 27,000 acres of diverse wild lands. Visitors can enjoy a variety of spring wildflowers and more than 400 species of

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No room at the inn, or anywhere in park, for Interior Secretary

The decision apparently was made Friday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar would arrive at Mount Rainier National Park Monday night and visit with park staff and community partners on Tuesday.

Salazar was returning from Alaska and was next scheduled to be in Milwaukee today. So the decision was made to make a visit to Mount Rainier.

That left his advance planner scrambling to find a place for the secretary to spend the night. She found out, like so many other tourists, that find rooms at the last minute can be difficult at best.

As Salazar explained to the crowd of

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will visit Mount Rainier Tuesday

Ken Salazar on Tuesday will make his first visit to Mount Rainier National Park as secretary of the Interior.

Salazar was in the area in January for the funeral of park ranger Margaret Anderson, but he did not visit the park itself then.

After meeting with park employees earlier in the morning, Salazar will meet with representatives of the park’s tourism partners and gateway communities. He will talk about the benefit the park provides the region’s economy.

A National Park Service report released this spring showed that 1.19 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $35.3 million in the park

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Interior secretary comments on death of ranger Nick Hall

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this morning issued the following statement regarding the loss of Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Nick Hall:

“It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the tragic loss of Mount Rainier Park Ranger Nick Hall, who heroically gave his life to save others during a dangerous rescue on the mountain. Nick embodied the brave and selfless nature of the men and women of the National Park Service who dedicate their lives to protecting and helping the millions of visitors to our cherished national parks across America. On behalf of the entire Interior

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North Cascades NP ranger, Darrington man honored for rescue of injured climber

From North Cascades National Park:

North Cascades National Park Ranger Kevork Arackellian and pilot Anthony Reece, co-owner of Darrington-based Hi Line Helicopters, were honored by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar for their July 2009 rescue of an injured climber. Reece received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery and Ranger Arackellian received the Valor Award.

Reece and Ranger Arackellian conducted one of the most challenging rescues in the history of the North Cascades National Park Search and Rescue program. In July 2009, a party of four mountaineers were climbing 8151-foot Mount Terror when the lead climber fell and was left dangling upside down on the rope, semi-conscious with a femur

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Interior secretary to discuss San Juans conservation area Saturday

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell will host a town hall meeting Saturday in Anacortes to hear about the ongoing progress to conserve and protect the San Juan Islands.

This will be Salazar’s third visit to the area, taking part in the dialogue to learn how the department can be a better partner in supporting community-driven conservation efforts. That is a key component in President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative.

The proposed San Juan Islands National Conservation Area was identified as one of 18 backcountry areas the department highlighted as deserving protection by Congress as

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