Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

August 26, 2010

Contact:  Lori Iverson 307-413-1557




Senior representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be hosting a public listening session in Fort Pierre, SD on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 to discuss conservation, recreation, and opportunities for reconnecting people to the outdoors. The session will be held at the AmericInn, located at 312 Island Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In April 2010, at the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors, President Obama signed a memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. The President acknowledged that protecting and restoring cherished lands and waters and reconnecting people to the outdoors must happen at the local level. 

President Obama directed the principal leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to travel across the country to listen and learn from people directly involved in finding grassroots solutions to conserve our lands, waterways, historical and cultural resources, and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The President indicated that the sessions should engage the full range of interested groups, including tribal leaders, farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, community park groups, foresters, youth groups, businesspeople, educators, state and local governments, recreation and conservation groups, and others.

This listening session on September 1st offers an opportunity for the public to engage in a conversation with leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative about solutions that address the challenges and opportunities facing land and water conservation, engaging people in outdoor activities, and restoring and conserving our vital natural and cultural resources. The listening session discussions center on four topics:

      • What Works: What are the most effective strategies for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting people to the outdoors that you have used?
      • Challenges: What obstacles exist to achieve your goals for conservation, recreation, or reconnecting people to the outdoors?
      • Federal Government Role: How can the federal government be a more effective partner in helping to achieve conservation, recreation or reconnecting people to the outdoors?
      • Tools: What additional tools and resources would help your efforts be even more successful?

The event is free and open to the public. Persons interested in attending are asked to pre-register by Monday, August 30th by sending their name, name of an affiliated organization (if applicable), a telephone number, and an email address to For more information on the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, other scheduled listening sessions, or opportunities to share comments and ideas on-line, please visit America’s Great Outdoors website at


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