Public Listening Session for the America's Great Outdoors Initiative in New Hampshire Focuses on Forests

Shape the future of conservation and recreation in the United States. On August 9th in Concord, NH, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will host a listening session to gather your thoughts and ideas on reconnecting Americans with the great outdoors with a special focus on working forests.

Private working forests play a critical role in providing for green markets, rural economic development, habitat for animals and birds, places where people go for refuge and wonder, and responding to climate change. This public listening session and discussion is an opportunity for leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to hear from you about the challenges and opportunities facing working forests on private lands, about solutions for building a 21st century private working forest land conservation and recreation agenda, and for reconnecting people with the outdoors. You are encouraged to attend this session.

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 >>

Public Listening Session on the America's Great Outdoors Initiative
Monday, August 9th, 12:30-5:00 p.m.
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH
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Senior Washington, D.C., and local leadership from the USDA and CEQ will be present to hear your thoughts and to participate in a conversation with you about America’s Great Outdoors.

This event is free and open to the public. For planning purposes it would be helpful if you would pre-register by 5:00 p.m., August 6, 2010 by sending an email to Tiffany Benna with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, and your telephone number. Include in your email your primary area of interest by noting your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of the Concurrent Breakout Listening Sessions listed below. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone. Please also let us know if you have any special needs.

In the event you are unable to participate in person, please submit your comments and stories via the America’s Great Outdoors website.

If you have questions, please contact Tiffany Benna at 603-536-6241, or tbenna@fs.fed.us.

Choice of Concurrent Breakout Listening Sessions:
1. Promoting markets and providing incentives for traditional wood products and new markets for working forests;
2. Providing incentives, investments and policies to support the strategic conservation of working forest landscapes;
3. Providing incentives, investments and policies to re-connect Americans, including outdoor recreation and educational experiences, to working forests;
4. Maintaining and managing working forests in the face of climate change; and
5. Engaging youth to be the future conservation leaders of working forests.

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

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