Ken Salazar


Thu May 26, 2011

Interior Promoting Colorado Conservation Projects

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and others at a ribbon cutting for the new visitor center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The Interior Department plans to fund three land and water conservation projects in Colorado as part of the Obama Administration’s new America’s Great Outdoors initiative.   

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement at the site of one of them Thursday, during a ribbon cutting of a new visitor center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City. 

Secretary Salazar said the idea is to create contiguous corridors for wildlife.

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Wed April 27, 2011

Wilderness or Wild Lands? Policy Sparks Controversy

South Shale Ridge in western Colorado is prized for scenery, and the natural gas that lies beneath it.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Wilderness conservation took a hit as part of this year’s federal budget compromise. A rider slipped into the bill at the last minute has put millions of acres of land back on the table for oil and gas drilling.  One of those places is South Shale Ridge in western Colorado. The area is not federally protected wilderness.  So the conservation-minded Interior Department had floated a different term for places like it, “wild lands.”  But that definition is now up in the air.

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