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What Does President Obama’s Memo Mean for You?


Published on

01 - 18 - 2017

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Implementing President Obama’s Memo on Diversity & Inclusion in Public Lands & Waters

Dear valued partners and friends:

We’re writing to announce that we’ve created a new free toolkit that we hope will help all of you.

As many of you know, last Thursday, President Obama made an impactful statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our public lands and waters when he issued his Memorandum on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Parks, National Forests, and Other Public Lands and Water. The memo directs federal land and water management agencies to engage in diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure “all Americans have the opportunity to experience and enjoy our public lands and waters.”

We know many of you were instrumental in the issuance of this memo and thank you for your efforts.

Though the memo is directed to federal land and water management agencies, we believe it is relevant to all organizations and agencies who operate on or rely on public lands and waters to fulfill their mission. So, even if you are a state, local or municipal agency, a conservation nonprofit, experiential or environmental education organization, environmental advocacy organization, outdoor outreach organization, or even a private company that guides or leads trips on public lands and waters, it is imperative you read the memo.

This toolkit is designed to help you interpret the memo as well as make the memo more actionable. We hope you find it useful and that you will share with anyone who may find it useful.

Finally, as always, we’re open to feedback, additions, and revisions to the toolkit, so feel free to contact us as info@theavarnagroup.com.