Wed 15 Jun 2011
Last month, Arizona Rivers presented the final report for the Phoenix America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) session (held September 2, 2010) to Ann Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science. The report had previously been submitted to American Rivers for incorporation into their final report to the administration, but Ms. Castle was particularly interested in receiving our report to know more of the specifics of the only AGO meeting held in Arizona.
Castle met with several representatives of federal and state natural resource managers, city and county parks officials, and environmental groups on her visit to Phoenix on May 19, 2011, as a follow-up to the AGO meetings and administration final report. She described the Obama administration’s objectives with the AGO Initiative of expanding and improving outdoor spaces, being a better partner with local groups and communities, and providing more funding for experiential education. Priority areas include preserving rural landscapes and agriculture, providing and/or partnering to provide safe and beautiful outdoor spaces and urban parks, providing and/or partnering to provide river and stream restoration, protection and access, and increasing opportunities for youth to experience and build connections with the outdoors. See more at America’s Great Outdoors.
You can check out a previous post and photos of the Phoenix AGO session here.