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While We Were Gone Part 1: Secretary Salazar Visits; MISS is National Water Trail

September 5, 2012Patrick NunnallyFormer Featured PostsComments Off on While We Were Gone Part 1: Secretary Salazar Visits; MISS is National Water Trail

August is usually a good time of the year to take time away from work, but not this year!  This is the first of three posts highlighting things that have happened on the Twin Cities Mississippi River and community over the past couple of weeks.

On August 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited MISS (the national park on the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities) as part of a multi-state tour to drum up support for the Park Service and for Department of the Interior conservation programs.  After an hour or so out on the river in the early morning–guaranteed to impress anyone–Salazar spoke to a group of National Park Service partners.

He reiterated the importance of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and its status as a National Water Trail.  Further, he reminded us that MISS features prominently in the most recent report of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, President Obama’s signature effort to devise a 21st century conservation and recreation program.  AGO has three basic tenets:

  • protect large regional landscapes for conservation at a broader scale than just a smaller parcel;
  • provide conservation and recreation opportunities close to where people live, i.e. in cities and accessible to the diversity of people who live in cities;
  • protect and enhance rivers and streams for multiple uses.

As a linear river corridor in the midst of a metropolitan area of 3 million people, MISS

The Mississippi River in the Twin Cities has been designated a National Water Trail.clearly fits two of these criteria.  If we find ways to connect the 72 mile MISS with protected rivers above and below the corridor, then we can see the third criteria being met through a connected sequence of some 500 miles of protected riverway, centered on the Twin Cities.

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