TODAY: Secretary Jewell, Acting CEQ Chair Boots to Discuss Important Juncture for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Will announce details of weeklong focus on program’s investments in nation’s shared outdoor heritage, economic growth
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots will hold a teleconference to announce details of a weeklong series of events that the Administration is hosting that demonstrate the power of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support local conservation, outdoor recreation and clean water projects across the country.
President Obama has called for full, permanent funding in his proposed budget, recognizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund as one of the nation’s most effective tools for protecting important water sources, expanding access for hunting and fishing, preserving historic battlefields, and creating ball-fields and other places for kids to play and learn.
Since its establishment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars; the primary source of income derives from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore in waters owned by the American people. The program has only been fully funded once in its 50-year history and is at risk of expiring without action from Congress.
The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-800-857-9861 and using the passcode: INTERIOR.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Mike Boots, Acting Chair for the White House Council on Environmental Quality
Press Call on the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Monday, July 7, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT
Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-800-857-9861 and using the passcode: INTERIOR.
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