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White House Initiative on America's Great Outdoors (AGO)
Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Jul 2, 2010

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Dear Outdoor Enthusiast,

The Obama Administration is seeking the public’s advice on how the federal government can better connect Americans with the outdoors and better protect natural landscapes.

The White House Initiative on America's Great Outdoors (AGO) is touring the country, with public listening sessions scheduled for July and August at a town near you. This marks a great opportunity for climbers to share the often overlooked value of climbing and to share examples of successes and challenges to protecting and enjoying our public lands. The Access Fund and our Outdoor Alliance partners are working with the Obama Administration to turn out leaders from the active outdoor recreation community to these public meetings. See a schedule of listening sessions.

You can also post answers and comments online. As part of its effort to gain public input about conservation and outdoor recreation, the Department of Interior created the AGO “IdeaJam” website where the public can share their suggestions.

We strongly encourage climbers to attend the public listening sessions, speak from experience, and seek to represent all of us that spend time on our public lands. For more information, visit

Your Friends at the Access Fund

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By TBunn
From: Broomfield, CO
Jul 5, 2010
Let the climbers alone, we don't need the federal government to determine access issues for us. This is a matter better left to locals who are familiar with the areas. Is this really something the White House needs to concern itself with? Do something about the Gulf spill first.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 6, 2010
I think the government should hire me, like in one of the Depression era programs, to go around, make trails and put up routes.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jul 6, 2010
Sounds like a great forum to share the positive aspects of an area like Queen Creek, Arizona! It is under the gun by a foreign mining company. The land was specifically set aside to save it from mining and it is now sought for that purpose and will be destroyed unless we change the mining technique. Thanks for the info AF!
By ZachS00
From: Denver, CO
Jul 9, 2010
TBunn: You misunderstand the point of America's Great Outdoors. The gov't won't be "determining" access issues. The program is envisioned to be a federal version of Great Outdoors Colorado, that's why you'll see Ken Salazar's name all over it. Essentially, it would be a big pot of money available for grants to protect spaces important to locals. As a Coloradan, you should be aware of GOCO's successes and its impact in preserving land in this state.

Climbers should absolutely keep an eye out for opportunities to use America's Great Outdoors to preserve access to areas like Queen Creek, as Manuel suggests.
By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
Jul 10, 2010
Defeat the teabaggers at all costs! They believe that the government should not own any parks and that open space should go to the highest bidder. We need this inititive to succeed!
By Buff Johnson
Jul 10, 2010
Anytime the Fed gov't says their gonna fix & protect something; I'm just going to run away; fast, very fast.

But Mark, this is different, this is a new way to fix and protect some.... Mark?

Where'd he go???

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