ACT Invited to White House Conference

College Park, MD (June 14, 2010)- This spring, ACT executive director Alice Ewen was honored to participate in The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors.

Organized by the Obama Administration, the conference addressed the challenges, opportunities and innovations surrounding modern-day land conservation and the importance of connecting Americans and their families to their outdoor environments.
The conference featured remarks from President Obama, CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
ACT received a special invitation to attend the event as a result of our members’ outstanding collective work nationwide.
“It was a great honor to represent Alliance for Community Trees among such a distinguished group of conservationists, and to hear directly from the President was amazing,” said Ewen.
“I was happy to see urban issues well represented at this landmark event. There was a true spirit of collaboration to reach across agency boundaries and a commitment to develop a conservation agenda that includes everything from community gardens to great national parks. It was a great affirmation of the value of the work that ACT member organizations do every day — connecting people to nature through hands-on, meaningful action to improve their own neighborhoods. I’m convinced this work is more important than ever to the future of conservation.”

Obama administration officials will be hosting a listening tour to help frame the Administration’s conservation agenda. At the White House conference in April, President Obama signed a memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors initiative and its goals: reconnect Americans, especially youth, to the outdoors; build upon state, local, private and tribal priorities to develop a comprehensive conservation agenda; and use science-based practices to best manage and protect the nation’s public lands for future generations.
Beginning June 2 and continuing throughout the summer, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental Quality will collaborate on listening sessions across the country, gathering information and ideas on how to promote conservation and re-engage Americans with nature. “We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities and states, and the people who live and work in them, to identify the places that mean the most to Americans and leverage the support of the Federal Government to help these community-driven efforts to succeed,” said President Obama.
ACT encourages its members to participate in the listening tour.
Related Resources:
America’s Great Outdoors
President Barack Obama’s Remarks