Wed 11 Aug 2010
In April, President Obama announced the creation of the “America’s Great Outdoors Initiative” – now it’s our chance to weigh in.
The President’s Initiative is a critical opportunity to enhance the stewardship of our nation’s rivers and increase ways for the public to enjoy them. Echoing the efforts of Teddy Roosevelt’s administration over 100 years ago, the Obama administration is reaching out to the public to listen to our priorities. In their own words, the administration aims “to develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors.”
Roosevelt’s efforts led to the creation of five national parks and the protection of the Grand Canyon, as well as a host of national forests and monuments. We’re working to get Obama to take bold action as well. Specifically, we’re asking the Administration to: (1) launch a new Blueways Initiative to improve recreation and protect river corridors; (2) designate more places as wild and scenic rivers and as wilderness; and (3) fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a national matching fund for parks and conservation.
We’re working to get this scheduled. Once set, we’ll let you know so you can attend this listening session and share YOUR ideas with members of the Obama administration.
Learn more about Blueways that we’re working to create, which include water trails:
And, as always, you can contact us to find out more!