Salazar asks for Interior public meeting in Colorado

The U.S. Department of the Interior is planning to provide “provide up to $3 billion of new public and private investment to improve and expand national park conservation, preservation and visitor service programs by the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016.”

Colorado Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar wants to be sure that Colorado partakes of this bounty so he’s asking Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to hold a public meeting on this “Centennial Challenge” in Colorado, preferably at one of the state’s national park gateway communities.According to a March 9 DOI news release, public “listening sessions” (which sounds vaguely like wiretaps) are already being held around the country, including one scheduled for Denver on March 21. If you plan to attend, here are the questions Kempthorne and NPS director Mary Bomar would like you answer: