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Federal Government Listening Session in Columbus

On August 21, 2006, the Ohio Field Office staff organized and Ohio State University Agricultural Administration staff hosted the Second Series of Listening Sessions on Cooperative Conservation. These sessions, the second group of some two dozen, have been and are to be held around the country. 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. Additional information can be obtained at www.doi.gov/news/06_News_Releases/060808.htm.

For the Columbus Listening Session, Department of Interior (USDOI) Deputy Secretary Scarlett, Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Mark Rey, and Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Assistant Administrator Ben Grumbles attended and participated on the panel. Phil Seng was the Facilitator. Representatives from the Columbus Metro Parks, Friends of Alum Creek Tributaries, and Miami Conservancy District were on the program and invited to speak. Afterwards, the floor was open for attendees to give a short presentation with their views and concerns.

From our Regional Office, Regional Director Robyn Thorson, Deputy RD Charlie Wooley, and Assistant RD Wendi Weber participated during the session, offered support, and were available to answer questions from other attendees.

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A total of approximately 35 individuals, representing a broad spectrum of interests, gave presentations for the officials. The officials from USDOI, USDA, and USEPA concluded that the session was well worth hearing the many excellent presentations. We recommend that you contact www.doi.gov/news/06_News_Releases/060808.htm, after all the sessions have been completed for a summary of the presentations.

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Last updated: February 20, 2012