A Call for Ideas and Innovative Format
Last April, President Obama asked key federal agencies to take the lead in developing a national dialogue on the importance of the conservation and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors, whether close to home or at one of the magnificent “crown jewels” that have led our national park system to be referred to as “America’s best idea.”
Throughout the summer and into the fall, administration leaders have toured the country, listening to the voices from communities. They have particularly sought to hear from young people, and, if the meeting in early August in Minneapolis was any indication, they got an earful.
The deadline for commenting and contributing to the dialogue is coming up soon–this Thursday as a matter of fact. The web site to collect commentary is innovative, to my mind anyway, and promises much in terms of gathering the many divergent viewpoints on the challenges and opportunities for conservation in the 21st century.
Go to the web site–log in–say your piece, and stay tuned. The report is due to be made public in November.