President Obama issued a memorandum on April 16 directing the Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Administrator of the EPA and Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality to create a 21st Century Strategy for America's Great Outdoors. In the memorandum, President Obama laid out three goals for America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
1. Reconnect Americans
Reconnect Americans, especially children, to America's rivers and waterways, landscapes of national significance, ranches, farms and forests, great parks, and coasts and beaches by exploring a variety of efforts, including: promoting community-based recreation and conservation, including local parks, greenways, beaches, and waterways; advancing job and volunteer opportunities related to conservation and outdoor recreation; and supporting existing programs and projects that educate and engage Americans in our history, culture, and natural bounty.
2. Enhance Conservation Partnerships
Build upon State, local, private, and tribal priorities for the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic, and cultural resources, creating corridors and connectivity across these outdoor spaces, and for enhancing neighborhood parks; and determine how the Federal Government can best advance those priorities through public and private partnerships and locally supported conservation strategies.
3. Protect and Restore Using Science
Use science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generations.