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One component of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative is the listening sessions that are happening right now all around the country. Each listening session provides an opportunity for a couple hundred people to voice their opinions right in front of top administrators from the White House, who will distill that information into a report to President Obama sometime in November.
We are attempting to keep on top of the proposed and announced listening sessions; what follows is what we know – consider this list unofficial. Always check www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors for the official announcements of each listening session, and for information on venue, time, and how to register.
Tuesday, August 3 – Salt Lake City, UT
Youth Listening Session
Thursday, August 5 – Hyde Park, NY
Youth Listening Session only
Friday, August 6 – Poughkeepsie, NY
August 9 – Concord, NH
Monday, August 31 (tentative) - Chicago, IL
Focus is on Health & the Great Outdoors
Even if you can’t make it to a listening session, you can still write comments at: http://ideas.usda.gov/ago/ideas.nsf/. An easy registration process is required.
Photos and feedback from past listening sessions:
June 2 – Bozeman and Helena, MT
June 25 – Annapolis, MD
June 28 – Charleston, SC
July 1 – Seattle, WA
July 7 – Davis, CA (hosted by Representative Thompson)
July 7 – San Gabriel Mountains, CA (hosted by The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and a coalition of other organizations)
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA
July 12 – Grand Island, NE
July 15 – Asheville, NC
July 16 – Denver and Grand Junction, CO
Youth listening session
July 17 - Albuquerque, NM
July 23 – San Francisco, CA
Youth listening session only
Tuesday, July 27 – Philadelphia, PA
Focus is on Historic Preservation
Thursday, July 29 - Hudson River, NY