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America's Great Outdoors


What is AGO?


President Obama launched the America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. AGO takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should come from the American people - that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective that is shared by all Americans.

Instead of dictating policies, this initiative turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives. Instead of growing bureaucracy, it calls for reworking inefficient policies and making the federal government a better partner with states, tribes, and local communities.




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Job Corps Students Graduate to Fight Fires Across the Nation

MON, MAY 13, 2013, 01:12 PM EST

Grooming the next generation of firefighters is part of the Forest Service mission. Four years ago, the Boise National Forest partnered with Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center to train students in wildland firefighting. Read More >


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US Forest Service awards nearly $800,000 to units working to connect youth to nature

THU, MAY 9, 2013, 02:55 PM EST

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced awarding $772,820 to help national forests enhance or establish More Kids in the Woods and Children’s Forests programs in 16 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More >


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A ‘wild’ experience with the Forest Service

TUE, APRIL 30, 2013, 04:54 PM EST

With the increased use of electronic devices and scheduled activities competing for children’s outdoor time, how can we strike a balance? Read More >


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Obama Administration Releases Report on Progress and Next Steps in Restoring the Everglades, Announces Additional $80 Million in Project Funding

WED, JULY 18, 2012, 03:49 PM EST

The Obama Administration today released a report outlining the historic Federal investments and progress made in Everglades restoration. Read More >


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Obama Administration to Hire 20,000 Young People for Summer Work on Public Lands

FRI, MAY 18, 2012, 03:23 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley today highlighted summer work opportunities for more than 20,000 young people. Read More >