by Cordova Times Staff
A ranking Interior Department official will meet with state and local officials and community organizations in Soldotna on Aug. 24 to highlight reasons why the Kenai River partnership effort will be part of America’s Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science Anne Castle will visit the Donald E. Gilman River Center, where the discussions will take place.
Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced partnership programs in all 50 states to serve as models for the AGO Rivers Initiative. The Kenai River, with its abundance of wild salmon, partnership is Alaska’s project.
The goal of the rivers initiative is to conserve and restore key rivers across the nation, reconnect communities with their river amenities, and support jobs in the local area. The effort was unveiled in January as part of President Barack Obama’s broader America’s Great outdoors initiative, which aims to work with communities across America to establish a 21st century conservation ethic, reconnect people, especially youth, to the natural world, and promote commercial and recreational economies that rely on healthy rivers.
This meeting starts at 8:30AM, please show up if at all possible.