America's Great Outdoors

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What makes America’s outdoors great? How do you like to spend time outdoors?

The Obama administration is asking these questions through public “listening sessions” around the country and by getting public comments. What do you think? What makes America’s Great Outdoors? Answer our survey and we’ll share your responses with the White House.

At a White House Conference on April 16th in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum launching the "America's Great Outdoors" (AGO) initiative.

The goals of the initiative are:

• "reconnect Americans, especially children, to America's rivers and waterways, landscapes of national significance, ranches, farms and forests, great parks, and coasts and beaches;"
• “the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic, and cultural resources, creating corridors and connectivity across these outdoor spaces, and for enhancing neighborhood parks;”
• “use science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generations.”

The presidential memorandum calls for a report on AGO by November 15th detailing an action plan with specific steps to meet the initiative's goals. The effort is being led by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley.

See what a handful of National Wildlife Federation’s four million members and supporters think makes America’s outdoors great and what policies the Obama administration should include as part of the initiative, in NWF’s new report - America's Great Outdoors: A Vision for Conserving the Nation's Wildlife in the 21st Century.

And be sure to add your comments with us and with the White House.


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