Interior Secretary Salazar to Visit Utah, Attend Council Meeting

SALT LAKE CITY – Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will attend the Monday, April 26, meeting of the Governor’s Balanced Resource Council at the Capitol.

“I am honored that Secretary Salazar has accepted my invitation to witness firsthand Utah’s efforts to further the dialogue on these important issues,” Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “My Balanced Resource Council strives to bring reason to matters that have been divided by emotion for far too long. We appreciate and respect Secretary Salazar’s interest in this process.”

The Governor and First Lady will host the Secretary and members of the Balanced Resource Council at a private breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday morning, followed by the Council meeting at 10 a.m.

Governor Herbert created the Balanced Resource Council in November 2009 to prioritize and recommend action on a number of issues, such as public lands policy, water and air quality issues, and other areas impacting Utah’s natural resources.

The Council is headed by Governor Herbert’s senior environmental advisor, Ted Wilson, and includes among its membership State Representative Mike Noel, San Juan County Commissioner Lynn Stevens, and Pat Shea and Kathleen Clarke, former directors of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively.

Governor Herbert invited Secretary Salazar to visit Utah during a November meeting in Washington D.C. The Governor again met with the Secretary and Deputy Secretary David Hayes during a trip to the nation’s capital in February.

Ken Salazar was confirmed as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on Jan. 20, 2009, in a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate. Prior to his confirmation, he served as a U.S. Senator from Colorado.

The Balanced Resource Council meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 210 in the Senate building of the Utah State Capitol Complex. Governor Herbert and Secretary Salazar will have press availability from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Seagull Room in the Senate Building.