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Conference to Assess America’s Great Outdoors

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March 1, 2012 by   1 Comment

The White House Conference on Conservation will meet tomorrow (March 2) to discuss the progress of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative launched by President Obama nearly two years ago and strategies for growing America’s outdoor heritage and economy.

According to a press release, the event will be hosted by Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army (Civil Works).

Breakout sessions will focus on tourism and recreation, urban open spaces, “Let’s Move Outside,” and several other pertinent topics.

The administration’s first White House Conference on Conservation met in April 2010 and addressed land conservation and expanding federally administered public land systems. This session will focus much more on the economic benefits of parks and the Great Outdoors.

 

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One Response to “Conference to Assess America’s Great Outdoors”

  1. Mark Douglass on March 2nd, 2012 5:51 pm

    I wish we could be there. We have developed a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the awareness of accessibility for recreational parks and the outdoors. Our focus is on people with disabilities who are limited by barriers other ignore, which in turn does not provide a suitable camping environment fostering dignity and independence. But, our funds are very low right now and we are unable to promote the awareness as much as we hope to in the future when funding is made available. Wish we were there!!

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