Secretary Of The Interior Ken Salazar Speaks At Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR’s (CO) “Gateway To Conservation Event on May 26, 2011
Secretary Salazar detailed a grand vision for America’s Great Outdoors at the May 26 opening of the new Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR LEED Gold visitor center. Rather than paraphrase, I thought I’d publish the speech in it’s entirety here:
Secretary Ken Salazar
Thank you, Governor. It’s great to be here with you and with so many friends.
It is fitting that here, today, in Colorado, we are opening a premier example of an America’s Great Outdoors urban park and wildlife area. This truly is the gateway to conservation.
This gateway marks the transformation of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal from a toxic dumping ground to the home of bison, birds, and native prairie; from a chemical weapons depot to a spectacular, eco-friendly visitor center that will welcome more than 200,000 families, kids and outdoor enthusiasts each year.
The visitor center will be the gateway to a new effort to create a Rocky Mountain Greenway System that, over time, will connect these 27 square miles to the crown jewel of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Across America, an army of citizens is doing all they can to leave our land, water, and wildlife better than we found it. (more…)