Interior Seeks to Advance Public Recreation Equity

Five listening sessions to be held to gain perspective.

The Department of the Interior announced on Monday that it would be taking new steps to ensure better access to public recreation for all Americans. The department stated that it would be holding five listening sessions to better understand the difficulties that people of color face while accessing and enjoying outdoor recreation. The department will use information from these sessions to address common problems and increase equity on public lands. 

Secretary Deb Haaland promoted the importance of the initiative, saying, “I believe that more people will truly care about our land, air, waters, animals, and outdoor places if they can experience them first hand. It’s up to all of us to make sure that happens in communities across the country. As we work to address inequitable access to the outdoors for communities of color and underserved communities, conversations and listening sessions like these will be crucial as we pursue the creation and stewardship of inclusive spaces that all people can access.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials of the Interior Department as they listen to Americans’ experiences. 
  • For Secretary Haaland as she promotes policies that increase public land access for all people.
  • That the president would seek God’s wisdom on how best to address inequities in U.S. society. 

Sources: Department of the Interior


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