America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

Greenwood Project participates in America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

Greenwood Project founder, Don Webb and his son Joseph with Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack

On Monday, June 28th, 2010, Greenwood Project Founder and CEO, Don Webb, participated in a roundtable discussion with members of several government agencies, conservation organizations, and representatives from private industry.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide feedback directly to President Obama for The White House Initiative on America’s Great Outdoors.

The President established the America’s Great Outdoors initiative to promote and support innovative community level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.  The initiative is led by the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior, the Administrator of the EPA, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.

After the meeting, Mr. Webb said, “I was honored to be involved in this worthy project and to have the opportunity to speak one on one with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  Providing input for The President’s Great Outdoors Initiative is a natural extension of our efforts to promote land ownership, conservation, and the outdoor lifestyle.  I look forward to our continued involvement and welcome the opportunity to assist in developing practical ideas to support this important program.”

The three main goals of the Initiative are:

1)      Reconnecting American’s, especially youth to the outdoors

2)      Building upon State, local, private, and Tribal priorities

3)      Using Science based management practices

The initiative will include several components to support a community based, 21st century conservation agenda for America’s Great Outdoors that is built from the ground up, including community outreach, interagency coordination, and direct feedback to the President identifying the best ideas and approaches.

Commenting on the philosophy of the Great Outdoors Initiative, Mr. Webb commented, “Rather than focusing on Washington, the President’s Great Outdoors Initiative is focused on results by focusing on ideas that work and promoting a grass roots movement that leverages the best of private businesses, communities, and government organizations at all levels.”

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