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Great Outdoors Initiative to Hold Public Listening Session in Southern California

Release Date: 06/23/2010
Contact Information: EPA Press Office, press@epa.gov

WASHINGTON – A scheduled July 8 public listening session and discussion will provide an opportunity for leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to hear from people in Southern California about solutions for building a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda and reconnecting people with the outdoors. The listening session is free and open to the public and will be held at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on July 8.

The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative was established by President Obama in April at a White House Conference specifically to develop a conservation and recreation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. To accomplish this goal, the administration’s effort will be community driven.

The Secretaries of the departments of Interior and Agriculture, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality have been asked by the president to lead this effort and to listen and learn from people all over the country. Listening sessions will engage a full range of stakeholders including tribal leaders, farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, community park groups, foresters, business people, educators, state and local governments and recreation and conservation groups.

WHO: Representatives from U.S. EPA, CEQ, USDA, DOI and DOD will be present to hear your thoughts and to participate in a conversation with you about America’s Great Outdoors.

WHAT: Opportunities to share your ideas in breakout groups along with presentations by senior officials from U.S. EPA, CEQ, USDA, DOI and DOD and expert panel discussions.

WHEN: Thursday - July 8, 2010, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Thorne Hall
      Occidental College
      1600 Campus Road
          Los Angeles, Calif.

Please Register: The event is free and open to the public, but please let us know if you will attend so we can plan accordingly. Please register by Thursday, July 1 by sending an email to sun.nelly@epa.gov with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, your telephone number and email address.

More information on the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and to submit comments online: http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/