Washington, DC (March 7, 2011)- On February 16, President Barack Obama released the final report of his America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative. During its 51 public listening sessions around the country, AGO heard loud and clear that our urban green spaces play an enormous role in Americans’ everyday experience of the outdoors. Reflecting the importance of green urban areas, the AGO report includes key recommendations for urban greening.
Among the recommendations to achieve the report’s stated goal to “Create and enhance a new generation of safe, clean, accessible parks and community green spaces” are:
* Establish the AGO Great Urban Parks and Community Green Spaces initiative by targeting increased funding for the NPS Land and Water Conservation Fund stateside program to leverage investment in new and enhanced urban parks and community green spaces
* Support and align federal agency programs and initiatives to promote the creation, expansion, and enhancement of urban parks and community green spaces
* Target technical assistance support to communities to create and enhance urban parks and community green spaces
* Connect people with urban parks and community green spaces
Many of these recommendations specifically include the USFS Urban and Community Forestry Program, as well as other federal programs that support urban forestry work such as DOI, EPA, DOT and HUD initiatives.
Trees are vital to successful urban parks and community green spaces, and ACT applauds the inclusion of these priorities in the AGO report. ACT is actively supporting this commitment to healthy urban forests and urban green spaces as part of a 21st century conservation agenda to protect our great outdoors for present and future generations.
ACT member organizations played an important role by attending and speaking at the listening sessions held last summer in cities across America. Your voices were heard! ACT will continue update urban forestry advocates as AGO rolls out across the country, and AGO will be a focus of our advocacy efforts on April 14 at our Hill Day in Washington, DC. We look forward to working with you in support of cleaner, greener, healthier communities as the AGO initiative progresses.
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