The Great Outdoors

Today’s the day. President Obama is reporting on the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

In March of 2009 he signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act. With the stroke of a pen, millions of acres of Federal land were protected as wilderness, over 1,000 miles of rivers were protected through the National Wild and Scenic River System, and thousands of miles of trails were designated for the National Trails System.

The following year, he signed a Presidential Memorandum launching America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. It focused on gathering community involvement, support and ideas on how best to conserve wild spaces.

Today, the President reports on what direction this initiative will take.

I personally travel often with the express goal of exploring America’s natural spaces – from national to state parks and everything in between. Wild lands and rivers and everything related to the great outdoors are important to me. I’ll be following this topic with great interest.

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative:

  • Will you watch President Obama’s address live at 4:45 EST?
  • Will you follow the discussion on Twitter?
  • Will you comment on the initiative?
  • What do you hope it holds?
  • Is this initiative important to you? Why or why not?


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada. Photo: M.Kopp

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 
– Margaret Mead, American scientist.

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