It’s a little difficult to describe America’s Great Outdoors, the Obama administration initiative to revisit America’s conservation policies, mostly because it’s such a huge topic.

In launching the initiative this spring, Obama invoked President Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1908 held the first White House conference on conservation.  So broadly speaking it’s about conservation and everything related to conservation: outdoor recreation, climate change, natural resource management, wildlife, farming, forestry, historical preservation, parks, air and water pollution, urban sprawl…et cetera, et cetera.

The video above  – which is reminiscent of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom –  was produced by the Department of the Interior as a way to get the discussion going at listening sessions it is holding around the country. The sessions are intended to gather input from Americans about how the federal government should guide conservation policy in the future.

If you’d like to weigh in, several session are planned around the country this month:

  • Asheville, North Carolina: July 15, 1-4 pm
  • Denver & Grand Junction, Colorado: July 16
  • Alquerque, New Mexico: July 17
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: July 27

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