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Thanks for passing this on!
I am involved in several state and federal conservation and CWA projects and
this is the first I have heard of this!
Barbara Arter

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Subject: Fw: Opportunities to Discuss Conservation and Partnerships with
the DOI

Passing on
THought you might be interest in this, as there is a "listening session" in
Brewer, Maine!

PLANTS . . .

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is joining with the Secretaries of
Commerce and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection
Agency, and the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
to host listening sessions on cooperative conservation and environmental

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 will focus on issues, programs, and policies mentioned
frequently at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.
Discussion topics will include:
  a.. How can the federal government enhance wildlife habitat, species
protection, and other conservation outcomes through regulatory and voluntary
conservation programs?
  b.. How can the federal government enhance cooperation among federal
agencies and with states, tribes, and local communities in the application
of environmental protection and conservation laws?
  c.. How can the federal government work with states, tribes, and other
public- and private-sector partners to improve science used in environmental
protection and conservation?
  d.. How can the federal government work cooperatively with businesses and
landowners to protect the environment and promote conservation?
  e.. How can the federal government better respect the interests of people
with ownership in land, water, and other natural resources?

The following cities will be hosting listening sessions (for additional
information visit http://cooperativeconservation.gov/sessions/index.html)

Spokane, Washington, 10 a.m., August 9
Roanoke, Virginia, 10:30 a.m., August 14
Helena, Montana, 1 p.m., August 14
Columbus, Ohio, 4 p.m., August 21
Redmond, Oregon, 8:30 a.m., August 22
Omaha, Nebraska, 1 p.m., August 24
Muncie, Indiana, 10 a.m., August 26
Fairbanks, Alaska, 10 a.m., August 28
Jefferson City, Missouri, 1 p.m., August 29
Enid, Oklahoma, 1 p.m., August 30
Redding, California, 1 p.m., September 13
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 9 a.m., September 15
Brewer, Maine, 4 p.m., September 20
Brunswick, Georgia, 1 p.m., September 21
Colton, California, 10 a.m., September 28

These meetings are the latest in a series of discussions the Administration
has hosted since the White House 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 of these ideas
are reflected in a recently released summary of new legislation. In short
this summary reviews the following bills

The Good Samaritan Clean Watershed Act - This bill is designed to allow
individuals and organizations who are not responsible for the pollution, but
are willing to participate in voluntary remediation projects, to do so
without fear of undue liability under the CWA and CERCLA. This bill would
also streamline the permitting process associated with voluntary cleanup

Cooperative Conservation Enhancement Act - This legislation would establish
several DOI Cooperative Conservation program and clarify existing
partnerships and cooperative agreement authorities and reduce barriers to
such authorities where appropriate to encourage greater cooperation among
Federal agencies, local communities, and citizens.

Healthy Forests Partnership Act - This act would authorize the Secretaries
to enter into new partnerships with State and local governments and Indian
tribes. It would also authorize the designation of "Healthy Forests
Partnership Zones in priority areas to foster investment by non-Federal
parties to build in local industry capacity and public infrastructure needed
to restore forests and rangelands.

Cooperative Conservation of Marine, Estuarine, Coastal and Riverine Habitat
Act - This bill would authorize the Secretary of Commerce to enter into
cooperative partnerships and regional plans to support marine, estuarine,
coastal and riverine habitat protection and restoration.

For more information about this proposed legislation please visit

For additional information regarding the Cooperative Conservation program
visit http://cooperativeconservation.gov/

Megan Haidet
Communications Coordinator
Plant Conservation Alliance
US Fish & Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 750
Arlington, VA  22203
Phone: 703.358.2120
Fax: 703.358.2276


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