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Biden administration to revive interagency group for U.S. public lands

The Biden administration has announced it will bring back the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation.

It's part of an effort to conserve public lands.

The interagency program got its start during the Obama administration, and helped launch the Recreation.gov online reservation site and Every Kid Outdoors.

But the program was later dropped. It’s part of the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which wants to conserve 30% of America’s public lands by 2030 and improve affordable access to the outdoors.

Tens of millions of people visit federal public lands in Arizona each year, which include national parks, forests and Bureau of Land Management areas.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.