America’s Great Outdoors Conference Meets April 16

April 7, 2010
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The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors will be held on
April 16, 2010, to address the challenges, opportunities and innovations
surrounding modern-day land conservation and the importance of
reconnecting Americans and American families to the outdoors. Secretary
of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley
will head the conference, bringing together leaders from communities
across the country that are working to protect their outdoor spaces.

Participants will include working ranchers and farmers, sportsmen
and women, state and local government leaders, tribal leaders, public
lands experts, conservationists, youth leaders, business representatives
and others who view the outdoors as integral to their communities. The
discussion will center on the conservation opportunities in communities,
the challenges facing them, and the innovative solutions they are
crafting from the bottom up.

The conference will offer an opportunity for participants to
engage with each other, learn from past and ongoing efforts, communicate
how the Federal Government can support these efforts, and identify new
opportunities to work together to modernize our approach to
conservation, and reinvigorate the national conversation about our
outdoors.

“Across the country, Americans are working to protect the places
they know and love, from the streams they fished as children and the
parks where families gather together to the battlefields and buildings
that tell America’s story,” said Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior.
“The Conference is a great chance to learn about these efforts, start a
new dialogue about conservation in America, and find ways to further
the work that is already going on in cities and towns, counties and
states throughout the country.”

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