Presidential Memorandum Addresses Outdoor Spaces

Effort will link conservation and economic vitality.

Published on: Apr 20, 2010
President Barack Obama has signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The Presidential Memorandum calls on the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality to lead the initiative, in coordination several other Federal departments and agencies.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this effort will bring Americans from across the country together to look for new approaches to protect our national treasures.  And it will highlight the importance of working across ownership boundaries to restore and conserve both private and public lands in a way that recognizes that conservation and economic vitality are inextricably linked.

Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Nancy Sutley says through this initiative they hope to identify new opportunities to work with Americans on a modern approach to conservation that begins at the ground level, and to reinvigorate the national conversation about our outdoors.