Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228



  Date: May 24, 2011

Contact:  Kendra Barkoff (DOI) 202-208-6416

Eric Brown (Gov. Hickenlooper) 303-866-6324

Sherry James (FWS) 303-289-0659


AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, Governor Hickenlooper to Unveil Priority Conservation and Recreation Projects in Colorado


Will Participate in Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Commerce City, CO—On Thursday, May 26, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Governor John Hickenlooper will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new ARRA-funded Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to announce pilot conservation and recreation projects being undertaken as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.  Located ten miles from downtown Denver, Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR serves as an urban gateway to conservation for residents and visitors alike in the northern metropolitan area.


Following the ceremony, Secretary Salazar and Governor Hickenlooper will participate in a media availability.


WHO:             Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

                        John Hickenlooper, Colorado State Governor

                        Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

                        Stephen Guertin, Regional Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

                        Steve Berendzen, Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Complex Manager

                        Paul Natale, Commerce City Mayor

                        Mark Mahoney, Director of U.S. Army Office of Regional Environmental and Governmental Affairs-West

                        Ray Collins, General Manager for Shell Oil Downstream


WHAT:  Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge New Visitor Center Dedication // Media Availability


WHEN:          Thursday, May 26, 2011
                            10:45am MDT
                             Rocky Mountain Arsenal New Visitor Center Dedication Ceremony
                            *media unable to attend in person, may listen-in via teleconference call.
Dial-in #:888-469-0850
                             Passcode: OUTDOORS
                             11:45am MDT             Media Availability


WHERE:       Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Visitor Center

                       6550 Gateway Road

                       Commerce City, CO

                      *please find directions below


Take I-70 to Quebec Street. Go north on Quebec Street to Prairie Parkway. Turn right and take Prairie Parkway to Gateway Road. Turn left onto Gateway Road. The Visitor Center is just inside the Refuge entrance at the crest of the hill. To view a map of the refuge, please click here.