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Department of the Interior (DOI) Listening Session on Underserved Community Recreation Access to DOI-managed Public Lands and Waters

October 26, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

In response to President Biden’s Executive Order 13985, DOI is holding the following virtual listening session focused on Recreation Access to DOI-managed Public Lands and Waters (e.g, National Park Unit, National Conservation Area, National Wildlife Refuge, etc.), on October 26, 2021, 8:00 – 10:00 pm Eastern.

This session is being held to obtain stakeholder input on barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face in participating in outdoor recreation opportunities on DOI-managed public lands and waters. In addition to identifying barriers, DOI seeks recommendations on how to update processes, policies, regulations, and guidance to address inequities associated with recreation on DOI-managed public lands and waters.

Some questions to consider in preparation for the session include:
1. What are underserved communities’ and individuals’ key barriers to visiting public lands and waters managed by DOI and its bureaus (National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation)?
2. How can DOI remove or reduce barriers (e.g., update policies, practices, or programs)?
3. How can DOI establish and maintain connections to a wider and more diverse set of stakeholders representing underserved communities? How can DOI better share information with underserved stakeholders about recreation opportunities? What are the best ways to notify and engage about these opportunities?

While all members of the public are invited to submit comments (link forthcoming), the target audience for listening sessions is members and representatives of the underserved communities identified in Executive Order 13985.

It is strongly recommended that you join this session using the Zoom web link to fully participate and engage in interactive activities, but there will be an option to call in by phone as DOI acknowledges that internet connectivity may be challenging for some.

Any questions can be directed to DEIA@ios.doi.gov.