Interior Secretary Touring Big Bend National Park

Staff Report
The Associated Press

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is touring Big Bend National Park and reviving a proposal first touted by President Franklin Roosevelt to create an international park along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Salazar was in the southwest Texas park on Friday. He says he and his Mexican counterpart, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, should work closely to coordinate management of the conservation area.

Salazar says the United States and Mexico are "neighbors sharing a beautiful treasure."

The secretary and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez also called attention to more than $10 million in projects that will help preserve roads and rebuild campsites in Big Bend. The park received $9.2 million in stimulus funds to preserve 123 miles of roads.