AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: White River to be Designated Nation’s Second National Blueway

Press Release From FWS


AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: White River to be Designated Nation’s Second
National Blueway
Officials to Unveil Series of New Initiatives to Support Existing

*LITTLE ROCK, Ark.* – On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Deputy Secretary of
the Interior David J. Hayes will join Senator Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim
Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt, and
Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Ann Mills, as well as other federal,
state and local officials and conservation partners to announce that the
White River, along with its watershed, has been designated the nation’s
second National Blueway.

As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to
establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the
21st century, Wednesday’s designation will recognize the innovative
partnerships that are working to conserve the White River across its
watershed from the Ozarks to the Mississippi. Federal leaders will also
announce a series of new initiatives aimed at supporting the new National
*WHO:* David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Senator Mark Pryor
Congressman Tim Griffin
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources & Environment
Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Scott Simon, Director, Arkansas Office, The Nature Conservancy
Jim Stinson, Mayor, Clarendon, Arkansas
David Houghton, President, National Wildlife Refuge Association
Representatives of the states of Arkansas and Missouri
*WHAT:* National Blueway Recognition Ceremony for the White River and
Watershed *WHEN:* Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Press check-in 11:45 a.m. CST
Event 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
*WHERE:* Salon A, Grand Ballroom
The Peabody Hotel of Little Rock
Three Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas

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