WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The dates and locations of the second set of national listening sessions on cooperative conservation and environmental partnerships are now set.
The U.S. departments of Agriculture, Interior, Commerce, the EPA and the Council on Economic Quality are holding the sessions.
These sessions, the second group of some two dozen to be held around the country, are scheduled at the following locations:
The listening sessions will give citizens an opportunity to exchange ideas on incentives, partnership programs, and regulations that can improve results and promote cooperative conservation and environmental partnerships.
The meetings are the latest in a series of discussions the Administration has hosted since the President's Conference on Cooperative Conservation in August 2005. The conference identified three broad approaches to improving conservation results: promoting cooperation within the federal government, promoting cooperation between the federal government and others, and eliminating barriers to cooperation in existing policy.
Some aspects of these ideas are reflected in a recently released summary of new legislation. Other aspects will be explored in the listening sessions announced today.
The meetings will focus on issues, programs, and policies mentioned frequently at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. Discussion topics will include:
Previously, the first eight of the listening sessions were announced. Additional details (and a time change) not available at the time of the initial announcement are included below:
SOURCE: USDA news release.