CELEBRATE THE Coalition’s FIRST annual FLY-In, April 24-26, 2023, Washington, D.C.  


The America the Beautiful for All Coalition’s first D.C. Fly-in was held April 24-26, 2023. The Fly-in brought nearly 100 conservation and climate advocates to the nation’s capitol, some for the first-time, for workshops and panel discussions, time to gather together, and importantly, advocacy meetings with relevant agencies and lawmakers to educate and highlight the Coalition’s annual policy agenda. Fly-in participants came from as far away as the Mariana Islands and Maine, Washington to Puerto Rico, and dozens of states and communities in between.  Secretary Deb Haaland, the nation’s first Indigenous Interior Secretary, made remarks prior to a dinner on the Anacostia River and an eye-opening presentation by Dr. Dorceta Taylor.

Other highlights included:

  • Meetings with Center for Environmental Quality (CEQ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Interior (DOI), US Forest Service (USFS).
  • 21 Congressional Offices & two Congressional Committees (Senate Environment & Public Works and House Natural Resources Committee)
  • Congressional luncheon with the House Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition featuring Vernice Miller Travis & Brian O’Donnell.
  • Panels and presentations on progress and the path ahead for increased support of Indigenous-led conservation as well as national clean water and public health trends.


Below are several videos produced during and in association with the event by a Center For American Progress team. 


Climate and conservation advocates from the America the Beautiful for All Coalition came to Washington to meet with elected officials to support a just and equitable implementation of President Joe Biden’s America the Beautiful for All Initiative. Tina Sablan, former representative of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (D), spent the day highlighting the important role the that the Indigenous peoples of the U.S. territories have to play in this movement.


"What advocates are saying" (Spanish with English text)

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This Is What "Just Conservation" Means to us

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