Poughkeepsie Public Listening Session for the America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative

Shape the future of conservation and recreation in the United States. On August 6th in Poughkeepsie, NY the federal government will host a listening session to gather your thoughts and ideas on reconnecting Americans with the great outdoors. Join senior representatives from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at this public listening session to discuss how to reconnect people, especially youth, to the outdoors; describe barriers that interfere with outdoor experiences; and share information about successful conservation strategies and ideas for how the federal government can be a more effective partner in achieving conservation and recreation goals. Please attend this session and share your experiences and ideas.

President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative in April 2010 to develop a conservation and recreation agenda worthy of the 21st century that will reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. The President hopes that by creating better connections between recreational resources, and renewing Americans’ relationship with the outdoors, we will, as a nation, provide better protection for the national treasures we have in our trails, waters, forests, parks and farms. Learn more about how you can take additional action at AMC’s website >>

Friday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Marist College
Student Center
Poughkeepsie, NY
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Representatives from DOI, USDA, and EPA will be present to hear your thoughts and participate in a conversation with you.

This event is free and open to the public. To help organizers plan,please pre-register by Tuesday, August 3 by emailing joseph.heller@ny.usda.gov or calling Joseph Heller at (845) 883-7162, ext. 104. Provide your name, organization and three primary areas of interest based on the following:

1. Conservation of working farms, forest, and coastal areas.
2. Reconnecting people with the outdoors through recreation and education.
3. Creating a health river: conserving and restoring important habitats and blueways.
4. General session for those who do not want to designate a specific topic.

We hope you will participate and look forward to hearing from you!

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