Rural Council to Recommend Policies to Boost Rural Economies
On June 9, 2011 President Obama signed an executive order creating a White House Rural Council to address rural economic potentials as well as challenges. The Council is headed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and includes all the federal agencies. The Council will coordinate its policy development through the Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council. While most of the initiative deals with agricultural interests, one of the stated goals is to (d) identify and facilitate rural economic opportunities associated with energy development, outdoor recreation, and other conservation related activities. To view the press release and get more details go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/2011ruralcouncil_eo_rel.pdf
American Rivers President Nominated to Be Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
The President of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Wodder will help set policy for the department and oversee National Parks as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the listing of threatened and endangered species. Ms. Wodder has been the President of American Rivers since 1995. She worked at The Wilderness Society between 1981 and 1994.
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