July 8, 2010 (12:00 – 2:30pm)
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
1900 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, California
“It’s a recognition, passed down from one generation to the next, that few pursuits are more satisfying to the spirit than discovering the greatness of America’s outdoors.”
-President Barack Obama, April 16, 2010
On April 16, 2010, President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. The President understands that efforts for protecting and restoring the lands and waters that we love and reconnecting people to the outdoors must be community driven. For this reason, he has called upon senior government officials to host a series of public listening sessions in a range of locations across the country.
Young people play a critical role in shaping our country’s environmental future. In his memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, President Obama asked that, “special attention…be given to bringing young Americans into the conversation.” We want to engage you in this conversation from the beginning, and ensure that your voices are heard in the end.
Next week, the leaders of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative are coming to Los Angeles to hear from you. Please join us for a public listening session at Rio de Los Angeles State Park on Thursday, July 8th.
This event is hosted by the Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
To ensure that we have sufficient space for everyone, we encourage you to let us know by Tuesday, July 6 if you are able to attend one or both of these listening sessions. You can do so by sending an email with your name, email address, and telephone number to Megan_Dunn@ios.doi.gov. We will contact you if we reach capacity. Also, please fill out the attached photo release form and bring it with you on the 23rd.
For more information on this initiative, please visit www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors.