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President Obama Announces Plan for Community-Based Conservation through the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative


February 17, 2011

President Barack Obama yesterday announced the Administration’s action plan, under the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, to achieve lasting conservation of the outdoor spaces that power our nation’s economy, shape our culture, and build our outdoor traditions. This initiative seeks to reinvigorate our approach to conservation and reconnect Americans, especially young people, with the lands and waters that are used for farming and ranching, hunting and fishing, and for families to spend quality time together. Recognizing that many of these places and resources are under intense pressure, the President established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative last April to work with the American people in developing a conservation and recreation agenda that makes sense for the 21st century.


  • President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former Virginia Senator John Warner before the White House event on America's Great Outdoors. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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  • Sally Jewell, President and CEO of REI, starts the White House event with a few opening comments. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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  • President Obama addresses the audience in the East room of the White House (Left to Right:  Rebecca Wodder, President of American Rivers; Sam Solomon, President and CEO of the Coleman Company; Troy Uentillie, Navajo Nation Member, Sherman BIE School; President Obama; Dusty Crary, Mountain Front Advisory Committee; John Tomke, President, Sporting Conservation Council, Ducks Unlimited; and REI President and CEO Jewell). Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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  • "At times like these, we have to ask ourselves:  What can we do to break free from the routine and reconnect with the world around us?  What can we do to get our kids off the couch and out the door?" President Obama said. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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  • "Over the last 10 months, members of my administration have held more than 50 listening sessions with over 10,000 people -– from hunters and fishermen to tribal leaders and young people.  And together, we’ve laid the foundation for a smarter, more community-driven environmental strategy," President Obama said. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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  • "To help set aside land for conservation and to promote recreation, we’re proposing to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, for only the third time in our history.  And we’re intending to pay for it with existing oil and gas revenues, because our attitude is if you take something out of the Earth, you have a responsibility to give a little bit back to the Earth," President Obama said.  Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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  • "The great Rachel Carson once wrote that 'The real wealth of the nation lies in the resources of the Earth -— soil, water, forests, minerals, wildlife... Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.'  Something more than politics.  That was the call echoed by Jefferson and Lincoln and Roosevelt.  It’s the call that has driven generations of Americans to do their part to protect a small slice of the planet.  And it’s the call that we answer today," President Obama said. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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