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Secretary Jewell, Interior Officials Fan Across Country to Celebrate Land and Water Conservation Fund with Local Communities


Weeklong tour comes at critical juncture for program that drives economic development and supports local conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects across the country


07/07/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other senior Department officials will fan across the country this week – from Alabama to Alaska – joining with local elected officials and stakeholders to underscore the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support communities’ conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects.

Over its 50 year history, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has played a vital role in boosting local economies in every state, but it is set to expire without action from Congress. President Obama has proposed to enact full, permanent funding as part of his 2015 budget request.

Secretary Jewell will kick-off the week on Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas, where she will make an important funding announcement for local communities who leverage the program to create ball-fields and parks for kids to play and learn, expand open spaces and protect important water sources. One analysis of the Land and Water Conservation Fund found that every $1 invested in land acquisition generated a $4 return on investment for communities.

“Congress needs to fulfill the promise made to the American people through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to use a small amount of the federal revenues generated from offshore oil and gas production to invest in our nation’s outdoor heritage, clean water and economic prosperity,” said Jewell. “I look forward to spending time this week with mayors and partners who are leveraging the program to realize local priorities, such as developing urban parks in Texas, expanding access for sportsmen and sportswomen in Alabama, and preserving historic battlefields in Virginia.”

Over the coming days, Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe, and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze will participate in local events in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. Additional event details are available below.

TUESDAY, JULY 8
 
EVENT #1 - Fort Worth, Texas

WHO:  
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth; Co-chair of the bipartisan coalition, Mayors for Parks
Ralph Duggins, Vice Chairman, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission

WHAT:
Important Land and Water Conservation Fund Announcement

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 10:30 am CDT

WHERE:  
Gateway Park
4800 E 1st St.
Fort Worth, Texas

RSVP:  
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by July 7, 2014, at 6:00 pm EDT
 

EVENT #2 - Welches, Oregon


WHO:  
Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Representatives from the Western Rivers Conservancy, Clackamas County,
Travel Oregon and the International Mountain Bicycling Association

WHAT:  
Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Land and Water Conservation Fund and Conservation/Recreation Achievements along Oregon’s Sandy River

WHEN:  
Tuesday, July 8 at 2:30pm PDT

WHERE:  
Sandy Ridge Mountain Bike Trailhead
[Several miles off US Highway 26 in Welches, Oregon – for more detailed
instructions, please contact the Oregon BLM office at 503-375-5657]
 

EVENT #3 - Vero Beach, Florida

WHO:
Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ranchers from the Northern Everglades Alliance and representatives from the Florida Sportsmen’s Trust

WHAT:  
Meeting to discuss next steps for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife
Refuge and Conservation Area

WHEN:  
Tuesday, July 8 at 10am EDT

WHERE:  
Adams Ranch
26003 Orange Ave
Fort Pierce, Florida

 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9

EVENT #4 - Birmingham, Alabama

WHO:   
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
William Bell, Sr., Mayor of Birmingham, Member of the bipartisan coalition, Mayors for Parks

WHAT: 
Event to Celebrate Land and Water Conservation Fund’s Contributions to America’s Hunting, Fishing and Boating Heritage

WHEN:  
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:30 am CDT

WHERE:  
East Lake Park
116 84th Street
Birmingham, Alabama

RSVP:  
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by July 8, 2014, at 6:00 pm EDT.
 

EVENT #5 - Anchorage, Alaska

WHO:   
Michael Connor, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Ed Fogels, Deputy Commissioner for Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources
Holly Spoth-Torres, Parks Superintendent for the Municipality of Anchorage
Beth Nordlund, Executive Director for the Anchorage Park Foundation

WHAT:  
Land and Water Conservation Fund Event to Celebrate Community Park Improvements

WHEN:  
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:45am AKDT

WHERE:   
Dave Rose Park
201 Lane Street
Anchorage, Alaska

 
THURSDAY, JULY 10

EVENT #6 - Richmond, Virginia


WHO:   
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Molly Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
Dave Ruth, Superintendent at Richmond National Battlefield Park
Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

WHAT:  

Important Historic Preservation Announcement for Richmond National Battlefield Park

WHEN:  
Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 11:00 am EDT

WHERE: 
Watt House property on the Gaines’ Mill Battlefield
6283 Watt House Road
Mechanicsville, Virginia

RSVP:  
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by July 9, 2014, at 6:00 pm EDT.