America's Great Outdoors
President Obama has launched a national dialogue about conservation in America. Americans are encouraged to share their ideas about community–level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces in person and online.
At the conclusion of the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors in April — the first White House conference on the environment in more than 100 years — President Obama signed a memorandum launching America's Great Outdoors Initiative. As a follow up to the conference, members of the administration, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, are hosting regional sessions with groups and individuals across the country to discuss ideas that will form a 21st century conservation agenda. Listening sessions have already been held or scheduled in Los Angeles,CA; Grand Island, NE; Asheville, NC; Denver, CO, Albuquerque, NM; Annapolis, MD; Charleston, SC; and Seattle, WA.
The online "idea jam" seeks comments on three topics:
Comments so far relate to such topics as nature–based after–school programs, tallgrass prairie conservation, tax incentives for conservation easements, and fruit trees in urban areas. Web visitors are encouraged to vote for ideas they like and share stories about their favorite outdoor experiences.