Recent permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) presents a number of exciting opportunities for conservation efforts and partnerships through the Department of the Interior (DOI). The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to fulfill a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our natural areas, water resources, and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. Please see the fact sheet here for additional information on the LWCF and related Bureau programs.
Indian Affairs and the Department are scheduling the following listening sessions to discuss these programs and to learn what Tribes see as important opportunities. In addition to hearing from you about opportunities, we would also like your input on several specific questions, as outlined in the Tribal Leader Letter here. We envision these first sessions as a starting point that informs future sessions and engagement, and anticipate hosting similar listening sessions every year. Please contact LWCFund@ios.doi.gov if you have any questions about the listening sessions.
In addition to joining the listening sessions, please submit any written comments to LWCFund@ios.doi.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.