In August 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order titled Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation which directs federal agencies that oversee environmental and natural resource policies and programs to promote cooperative conservation in full partnership with states, local governments, tribes, and individuals.
To advance the spirit and objectives of the Executive Order, President Bush called upon the White House Council on Environmental Quality to convene a Conference on Cooperative Conservation with the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency. In response to the President’s call, a diverse group of leaders and more than 1,000 participants are descending upon St. Louis Missouri from cities, reservations, and rural towns; from Alaska to Florida, from Maine to California for a historic three-day conference to exchange information, and identify innovative and effective approaches to promoting cooperative conservation. The participants represent conservation groups and companies; local, state, tribal, and federal agencies; recreation enthusiasts, ranchers, farmers, hunters and anglers.
This conference reflects the President’s continuing commitment to ensure that the federal government listens to the concerns, ideas and insights of local citizens and works closely with them in restoring and conserving our natural heritage.