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Washington State Conservationists Needed to Help Frame Obama Administration's America Great Outdoors Initiative

What:  In April, at the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors, President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation and recreation agenda worthy of the 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 be community driven and supported. 

We in the Puget Sound region have an unprecedented opportunity to influence public lands conservation for the foreseeable future. The Obama Administration has selected Seattle as one of their kick-off locations to listen to the public and discover new positive ideas for preserving America’s treasured landscapes. We can ensure that the administration will learn from the great success stories of local conservation efforts in Washington State and the Puget Sound region, and incorporate those success stories in developing the America Great Outdoors Initiative.

This is the most important opportunity we have had in decades to change the way we do conservation in America, and will allow the Washington conservation, recreation, and youth community to focus attention on our state’s unsurpassed wildlands and watersheds, and our region’s unique partnerships and collaborative conservation efforts. This is a unique moment to show the Obama Administration that conservation solutions must benefit local economies and safeguard our shared environment through measures that guarantee our ecosystems and habitats are protected and managed to address our changing climate, and that our wild places and Puget Sound remain a place to rejuvenate our appreciation for the great outdoors.

When and Where: Thursday July 1 2010 6:30pm- 9:00pm Franklin High School 3013 South Mount Baker Blvd, Seattle, Washington, 98144 http://www.franklinquakers.org/school_info/directions.htm

Who: Representatives from DOI, USDA, EPA, and CEQ will be present to hear your thoughts and to participate in a conversation with you about land conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors.

Register: This event is free and open to the public. Pre-register by Monday June 28.  To pre-register, go to: http://www.discovernw.org/ago-signup.htm and input your name, organization and primary area of interest.  You can find more information on the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and submit comments on-line at: www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/.

Contact: Kit McGurn, Sierra Club Conservation Organizer  kit.mcgurn@sierraclub.org 
Office: 206-378-0114 ext. 324
Cell: 206-462-9252