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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge center to be named Friday for Norm Dicks

OlympianJune 5, 2014 

A low morning tide shows contrasting topography between the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the neighboring Nisqually Reach Nature Center in this 2012 file photo.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian

Former 18-term congressman Norm Dicks is being honored Friday at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with a ceremony to name of the visitor center after him. Department Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to attend the 11 a.m. event that also includes remarks from U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck, and Nisqually Indian Tribe members.

Dicks, a Democrat, served 36 years in Congress serving the 6th district out of Tacoma. His long service included finding financing for many natural resource and environmental programs including salmon recovery and Puget Sound cleanup efforts.

Congress included the naming in its 2014 Appropriations Act, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs the refuge. 

Dan Ashe, director of the wildlife service, and the members of Nisqually River Council also are scheduled to attend the event at 100 Brown Farm Road. The Nisqually Canoe Family is scheduled to perform traditional songs, according to the release.

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