☷Secretary Haaland Highlights Efforts to Increase Equitable Access to the Outdoors During Detroit Visit
U.S. Department of the Interior ( By Press Release office)
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Date: Wednesday , May 4 , 2022 Contact: Interior_Press@ios . doi . govDETROIT — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited Detroit , Michigan , today where she toured the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and highlighted the Department’s efforts to increase equitable public access to outdoor spaces . Increasing equitable access to the outdoors is part of the Department of the Interior ' s equity plan . Secretary Haaland was joined by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell at the refuge and heard from U . S . Fish and Wildlife Service staff about their ongoing work to nurture partnerships within local communities and develop place - based collaborations that engage residents with conservation , both on and off refuge lands . Secretary Haaland and Congresswoman Dingell also participated in a ribbon - cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the John D . Dingell , Jr . Visitor Center , which will be used for environmental interpretation and education opportunities , as well as outreach to underserved communities . During the visit , Secretary Haaland discussed the America the Beautiful initiative’s efforts to conserve and protect public lands and waters through collaborative and locally led efforts . She also highlighted the Biden - Harris administration’s America the Beautiful Challenge , which is being funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will leverage federal conservation and restoration investments with private and philanthropic contributions to accelerate land , water and wildlife conservation efforts across the country . Later , Secretary Haaland participated in a roundtable conversation with local community members where she highlighted the Department’s commitment to ensuring that everyone , no matter their background or zip code , can enjoy the benefits of green spaces and the outdoors . During the event , Secretary Haaland heard from community members about how the Department can partner with individuals and organizations to expand recreational access and equity , advance environmental justice priorities , and ensure the federal government’s programs and services fulfill the needs of traditionally underrepresented communities . ### Was this page helpful Yes No This page was not helpful because the content: Has too little information Has too much information Is confusing Is out - of - date Leave this field blank
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