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Tilghman Island, Md. — Rieagan rips on question on ecological field trip
President Reagan visited the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge here Tuesday , saying the trip was not to seek votes but because ''the environmental movement has always been a great interest of mine.''
Mr. Reagan said his interest in the environment and his record as governor of California have been ''the best kept secret'' of his presidency, a term he has also used to described his record on civil rights.
During a press conference, Reagan was asked about his appointment of former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Anne Burford to head a national advisory commission on oceans and atmosphere. His reply was cut short by presidential spokesman Larry Speakes, who jumped between Reagan and the inquiring reporters. Other White House aides hastened to turn off the television lights and plunge the open-air briefing pavilion into darkness.