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America's Great Outdoors Listening Sessions

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:01 pm
by edfrank
America's Great Outdoors Listening Sessions

On April 16, President Barack Obama launched a national dialogue on conservation and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors. As part of this initiative, we are hosting listening sessions around the country to hear from ranchers, farmers and forest landowners, sportsmen and women, state and local government leaders, tribal leaders, public-lands experts, conservationists, recreationists, youth leaders, business representatives, heritage preservationists, and others to learn about some of the smart, creative ways communities are conserving outdoor spaces and helping Americans to go out and enjoy them.

As the nation’s largest land manager, the Federal Government has a responsibility to engage with its partners in order to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st Century. We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities, and States, and the people who live and work in them, to identify the places that mean the most to Americans, and leverage the support of the Federal Government to help these community-driven efforts succeed. Through partnerships, we will connect these outdoor spaces to each other and reconnect Americans to them.

Upcoming Listening Sessions

•Los Angeles, California: July 8, 3-7 pm

•Grand Island, Nebraska: July 12

◦Youth Listening Session information

•Asheville, North Carolina: July 15, 1-4 pm

•Denver & Grand Junction, Colorado: July 16

•Albuquerque, New Mexico: July 17

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