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Secretary Ken Salazar visits San Joaquin River AGO Event...

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Non-interactive green spacerLast April, the President established the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to work with the American people to develop a conservation and recreation agenda that makes sense in the 21st century. Last week Secretary Salazar kicked off a three-state tour to highlight the importance of the Initiative. The AGO Initiative is led by the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality.

Non-interactive green spacerOn Sunday, February 20, Secretary Salazar participated in an AGO event in Fresno, California. Approximately 100 volunteers, including children, gathered to plant native trees and perform other work at Jensen River Ranch along the San Joaquin River. A picnic followed the event to honor their work in habitat restoration and to celebrate President Obama’s announcement of the AGO Initiative. This special AGO activity was organized by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (Trust).

Non-interactive green spacerThe Secretary made a surprise visit to the Valley on Sunday afternoon to support the AGO Initiative. He spent some time talking with volunteers from the Trust who were performing the work. Participants found it a treat to meet and visit with the Secretary. Secretary Salazar also paddled a canoe in the San Joaquin River together with George Folsom, President of the Trust. 

Non-interactive green spacerThe Trust is a non-profit, public benefit corporation created in 1988 to establish a continuous greenway along 33 miles of river in the rapidly urbanizing Fresno-Madera region. In partnership with state and federal agencies and local governments, the Trust has been successful in protecting land through fee title acquisition and wildlife habitat restoration.

Non-interactive green spacerKudos go out to Dave Koehler and the Trust staff for putting on a great event that attracted the Secretary’s attention.

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Volunteers at San Joaquin River
Volunteers Planting Trees at San Joaquin River 
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Secretary Salazar meeting with Friant Water Authority General Manager Ron Jacobsma at AGO Event at the San Joaquin River.
Secretary Salazar greets Harvey Bailey, Chairman, Friant Water Authority, looking on James Nickel Director San Luis Canal Company (left) and Nick Canata, Vice-Chair, Friant Water Authority.
Secretary Salazar discusses habitat restoration with George Folsom, President and Dave Koehler, Executive Director of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.
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Secretary Salazar discusses the importance of balance between water use and San Joaquin River restoration.
Secretary Salazar poses with the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust Board of Directors
Secretary Salazar shares with Fernando Garcia, Communications Associate for the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust Education Program.
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Secretary Salazar with Reclamation staff Pete Lucero, Donna Potter, Mid-Pacific Regional Director Don Glaser, and Alicia Forsythe.
Secretary Salazar paddles a canoe in the San Joaquin River together with George Folsom, President of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.

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