President Obama announced today establishment of America's Great Outdoors Initiative to reconnect Americans, especially children to America's rivers, waterways, landscapes of national significance, ranches, forests, great parks and coastlines.
This announcement came at the White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors. AOA's executive director attended and participated in panel discussions which included high ranking administration officials. The conference included over 400 leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation, ranching, farming, tourism and government.
The Initiative will include:
*promoting community-based recreation;
*advancing job and volunteer opportunities related to conservation and outdoor recreation;
*and support existing programs and projects that educate and engage Americans in our history, culture, and natural bounty.
The Administration will initiate listening and learning sessions around the country.
A report will be submitted to the President by Novenber 15th:
* On successful and promising non federal conservation approaches;
* An analysis of federal programs to complement these approaches;
* Proposed strategies to achieve goals;
* An action plan to meet the goals of the Initiative.
The report will reflect and be consistent with constraints in federal resources and the federal budget. Progress reports will be submitted each September through 2012.