Secretary Jewell to Join Carmel Mayor Brainard to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Land and Water Conservation Fund

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Visit to Indiana will highlight innovative program's role in strengthening local economies and establishing urban parks and outdoor recreation areas

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CARMEL, IN – On Thursday, August 7, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Carmel Mayor James Brainard, a member of the bipartisan coalition Mayors for Parks, and other local officials to highlight the Land and Water Conservation Fund's contributions to urban parks, clean water, outdoor recreation and healthy economies in Indiana.

Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has served as one of the most effective tools for conservation, outdoor recreation and economic growth in local communities; however, it is set to expire next year without action from Congress. The program has re-invested a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development into projects in nearly every county in America, ensuring that families have access to public, open spaces.

The Indiana visit is the second stop in a series of events Jewell is holding across the country this week with local elected officials and stakeholders to support President Obama's budget proposal to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
James Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, Indiana; Member of Mayors for Parks
Mark Westermeier, Director, Carmel Parks and Recreation
Sean Roberts, City Parks Department Employee, Youth Advocate

To Discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund's Contributions to Urban Parks, Clean Water, Outdoor Recreation and Healthy Economies

Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 10:30 am EDT

Monon Community Center East
1235 Central Park Drive East,
Carmel, Indiana

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