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Additional "Listening Session" Announced for Florida

August 18, 2010 6:00 AM

AGO - Additional "Listening Session" Announced for Florida

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers!

On April 16, 2010, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that will radically change the U.S. Government's conservation policy. The Memorandum created the America's Great Outdoors Initiative which, among other things, will take public input on how to conserve public and private lands and how to promote outdoor recreation among young Americans.

It is important that off-highway vehicle and mountain bike users participate. OHV, snowmobile and mountain bike recreation are family-oriented activities that connect millions of Americans to the out-of-doors.

Additional "Listening Session" has just been announced for Orlando, Florida. (See schedule below) This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Listening Session (more to come)

Listening Session and Discussion Information

WHEN:  Thursday, August 26, 3:30- 6:30 pm

WHERE:  Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building
                 1901 Chief Osceola Trail
                 Kissimmee, Florida  34744

WHO:  Senior Washington, D.C. and local leadership from Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other Federal agencies will be present to hear your thoughts and to participate in a conversation with you about America's Great Outdoors.

PLEASE REGISTER:  This event is free and open to the public.  For planning purposes it would be helpful if you would pre-register by Friday, August 20, by sending an email to (or fax 404- 679- 4082) with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, your telephone number and email address.  They will make every effort to accommodate everyone.

If you have questions, please call Veronica McClurkin at (404) 679-7171. 

There is also an online forum that allows folks to make suggestions and comment on ideas others have suggested. We encourage you to attend the meetings and/or to log on and express your opinion. We've included a brief explanation that will help you understand what is happening and how to make your opinion known.

BRC and others are wondering aloud if this America's Great Outdoors Initiative is connected to the Treasured Landscape Initiative and the leaked memo outlining plans for 14 new or expanded national monument designations on 13 million acres of public and private land.

We'll have more on that later. There is limited time to give input into this new Initiative. Please take action today.

Keep an eye on your inbox for additional information and analysis.

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102



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