Youth Have Spoken- Great American Outdoors

Our nation’s youth have spoken. Now it’s up to us to listen to what you’ve said.

Last year I attended a Great American Outdoors Community Gathering. I was excited that the Obama administration even had this initiative on their agenda. I was uncertain as to where it would go from there. It’s nice to see these conversations are still moving forward. Now how do we get closer to action? Make change beyond the walls of our homes and into our schools, businesses and government that keep the health of our planet a priority in our everyday actions, education,  decisions, innovations…. and maybe even policy.

It all starts with you and me. So let’s go. speak out to protect the things you love about the outdoors today. For it may not be there tomorrow if we don’t.

Check out the updates on ‘The Great American Outdoors’ initiative, post on the America’s Great Outdoors blog.and participate in the upcoming on-line community conversation Thursday March 17th at 2:00 p.m. EST (see details below)

America’s Great Outdoors Youth Chat with Sec. Vilsack and Sec. Salazar

Last month President Obama announced the final report of his America’s Great Outdoors initiative, featuring young Americans who are excited about conservation and ready to get involved in the outdoors. Your suggestions were clear. You want the outdoors to be relevant and accessible to everyone. You want jobs and more opportunities to learn in the outdoors. But most importantly, you want to help make it happen. Now, we want to keep the conversation going.

Please join Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Thursday March 17th at 2:00 p.m. EST as  they answer your questions live at

Submit your questions in advance on the YouthGO YouTube or send them to

borrowed in part from March 2011

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