Grand Junction, Colo. (AP) - A 30-mile section of Western Colorado's Gunnison River and nearby canyons, cliffs and mesas have been dedicated as a national conservation and wilderness area.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in Colorado Wednesday for the formal dedication of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness area south of Grand Junction.
Salazar says the designation capped a two-year grass-roots effort supported by officials in Delta, Mesa, and Montrose counties that started while he was a U.S. Senator from Colorado.
The area is one of seven Colorado provisions in wilderness legislation signed by President Barack Obama in March.
Obama will visit Grand Junction Saturday during a western trip with his family.
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