NOTICE OF A PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION ON
THE PRESIDENT’S AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS INITIATIVE

Please join senior representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for public listening sessions and discussions in Colorado on conservation, recreation, and reconnecting people to the outdoors.  Two locations will be offered for the July 16th listening session in Colorado – one in Grand Junction and one in Denver.  The Grand Junction session will be held from 9:00 am to noon at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The Denver session will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Denver West Marriott Hotel.  A special session to bring young people into the conversation will be held in Denver from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Denver Marriott West prior to the main session.

This past April, at the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors, President Obama signed a memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors.  The President understands that protecting and restoring the lands and waters that we love and reconnecting people to the outdoors must happen at the local level.

Therefore, President Obama directed the principal leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to travel across the country to listen and learn from people directly involved in finding grassroots solutions to conserve our lands, waterways, historical and cultural resources, and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.  The President indicated that the sessions should engage the full range of interested groups, including tribal leaders, farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, community park groups, foresters, youth groups, businesspeople, educators, State and local governments, recreation and conservation groups, and others.

These Colorado listening sessions offer an opportunity for us to engage in a conversation about the solutions you and your community have created to address the challenges and opportunities facing land and water conservation; for engaging people in outdoor activities (especially those in urban areas), including through recreation; and in restoring and conserving our vital natural and cultural resources.

The public listening sessions and discussions on July 16th are an opportunity for the leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to hear from you and other voices in the region about solutions for building a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda and for reconnecting people with the outdoors.  Please join us.  Here are the details:


Listening Session and Discussion Information:

Grand Junction Location
When: Friday, July 16th, 9 am – Noon
Where:

Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Please Register: This event is free and open to the public.  For planning purposes it would be helpful if you would pre-register by Monday July 12 by sending an email to James_Sample@blm.gov with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, and your telephone number and email address.  We will endeavor to accommodate everyone.

Denver-Metro Location
When: Friday, July 16th, 2 pm – 5 pm
Where:

Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401

Please Register: This event is free and open to the public.  For planning purposes it would be helpful if you would pre-register by Monday July 12 by sending an email to Deanna_Masterson@blm.gov with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, and your telephone number and email address.  We will endeavor to accommodate everyone.

Denver-Metro Youth Session
When: Friday, July 16th, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Where:

Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401

Please Register: This event is free and open to the public.  For planning purposes it would be helpful if you would pre-register by Monday July 12 by sending an email to Jack_Placchi@blm.gov with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, and your telephone number and email address.  We will endeavor to accommodate everyone.

In the event you are unable to participate in person, please submit your comments and stories via the America’s Great Outdoors website at http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/.

If you have any questions, please call the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado Office of Communication at (303) 239-3700.  We hope you will participate and look forward to hearing from you.