U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Office
|Release Date: 09/24/12|
America's Great Outdoors
Ceremonial activity at the Phoenix Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area celebrating an America’s Great Outdoors project.
When: 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Where: City of Phoenix Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix (northeast corner of the Salt River Bridge).
What: Creation of a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Work includes building a protective wall, planting trees and rehabbing a stream. This event involves a ceremonial completion of the wall, tree planting and a ribbon cutting officially opening the Sanctuary. Work on the Sanctuary was done by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) youth crews. The labor is being paid for by the Workforce Investment Boards of Phoenix and Maricopa County, who also recruited Arizona Call-a-Teen Youth Resources to provide the crew. The crew was trained by the Student Conservation Association.
Who: Mike Pool, the acting director of the BLM; Ray Suazo, BLM Arizona state director; and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Each of the three will speak briefly and then participate in completing the project.
Why: To recognize a broad partnership of federal, state and local agencies involved in this America’s Great Outdoors project.
Background on the event:
A youth crew (18-24 years old) has cleaned a small stream and built a rock wall to discourage hiking traffic in an area designed to be a monarch butterfly sanctuary. The crew has also planted cottonwood trees in the area, which was damaged by fire about a year ago. The trees are to attract and sustain monarch butterflies that migrate through the area annually.
Background on America’s Great Outdoors:
America’s Great Outdoors is a national initiative to conserve lands and provide recreational opportunities in each state. Each project is a result of partnerships with federal, state, and local partnerships.
The Rio Salado Rivers Pathways Program, which includes the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, is a designated America’s Great Outdoors project for Arizona.
This is a collection of nine projects ranging geographically from central Phoenix to Lake Pleasant to near Mayer. Each project involves work by crews organized through the BLM Arizona Youth initiative. The youths are trained through an outdoor curriculum developed by the BLM and the Phoenix Union School District and then get hands-on experience on the projects. Multiple agencies and organizations are involved in each aspect of the program.
Here are the projects:
Here are the partners in the River Pathways Program:
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
|Last updated: 09-24-2012|
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