March 4, 2003
March 4, 2003 — March 14, 2003 marks the Centennial of the National
Wildlife Refuge System, the only federal system of lands
dedicated to the conservation and management of wildlife. Secretary
of the Interior Gale Norton will be joined by a host of notable individuals
and thousands of local residents to commemorate this milestone in Sebastian,
Florida, home to Pelican
Island, the first National Wildlife Refuge.
Time Capsule Dedication: On Thursday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach, Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams will unveil the national time capsule with artifacts from hundreds of wildlife refuges across the country.
Special entertainment will be provided by the Peabody Orlando Ducks, Challenger the bald eagle and President Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, Jim Foote.
There are 540 National
Wildlife Refuges in the United States, at least one in every state and
territory and within driving distance of most major cities. Time Capsule
events are scheduled at hundreds of these refuges. Tie this event in
with the time capsule being buried at the wildlife refuge near you!
Island Media Boat Tours: See Pelican Island, the first official
wildlife refuge set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt and endures
as a symbol of his 100-year conservation legacy. Tours are scheduled
for March 10, 11, 12, and 13 and will include the opportunity to secure
breathtaking footage and interviews. Slots are filling up fast, so sign
Official event credentials are required for all press. To obtain credentials, please complete the attached form and send it to Lindsey Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX it to 202-383-0079 by March 12. Credentials must be picked up at our on-site pressroom, which will be located in the Sales Center at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, 9250 Island Grove Terrace, Vero Beach, FL. Transportation to and from the events on March 14 will be provided from this location. The pressroom will be open March 11-12 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., March 13 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and March 14 from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All media inquiries should be directed to the pressroom at 772-234-2078 from March 11-14. For directions to the resort or for information on lodging, please call 772-234-2073.
NOTE: Shuttle transportation to the March 14 events will be
provided to all credentialed media. Shuttle service will originate at
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Parking is limited, and those using
their own vehicles will be required to obtain a vehicle permit by
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