Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to tour a proposed project to conserve nearly 4,000 acres of longleaf pine ecosystem.
Jewell will also host a discussion with local leaders. She will also continue her push for better funding and spending of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to leverage public-private partnerships. The $900 million fund comes from fees paid by energy companies for offshore drilling for oil and gas.
Congress has been spending this designated money on other budget items, however, and Jewell would like to see that corrected.
Jewell will be joined by Michael Oetker, deputy regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Raye Nilius, project leader, South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex.
South Carolina Radio Network will be there and report on the visit later today.