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CONTACT: Hugh Vickery, DOI
Feb. 8, 2005
Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and EPA Officials to Hold Press Conference To Discuss Cooperative Conservation Funding in President's Budget

Officials from the Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce departments and the Environmental Protection Agency will hold a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9 to discuss President Bush's continued commitment to cooperative conservation in his 2006 budget.

The funding supports the president's Executive Order signed last year on "Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation" and will support a variety of partnership programs with the American people to conserve our nation's land and water, wildlife and other natural resources.
Reporters may attend the briefing in person or via teleconference. A press release will be posted at 1 p.m. at

Who: Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy,
Management and Budget

Bruce Knight, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation
Service, USDA

Jay Benforado Director, National Center for Environmental
Innovation, EPA

Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, USDA

What: Press conference on President's Commitment to Cooperative Conservation efforts in his 2006 Budget.

When: 1:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005


Where: Room 6150, Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street, Washington D.C.

Dial in: Reporters unable to make it in person can call in to



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