MEDIA ADVISORY: Upcoming America's Great Outdoors Public Listening Session in Seattle

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 22, 2010
Contact:   Sean Smith, Policy Director, Northwest Regional Office, National Parks Conservation Association
Office: 206.903.1444 Cell: 206.818.4041


MEDIA ADVISORY: Upcoming America's Great Outdoors Public Listening Session in Seattle

Opportunity to Share Ideas and Reconnect Americans to the Great Outdoors

WHAT:
President Obama recently announced his America’s Great Outdoors initiative to address the challenges, opportunities, and innovations surrounding modern-day land conservation and the importance of reconnecting Americans to the outdoors. “Listening sessions” will be conducted around the country in order to learn from local communities directly involved in finding grassroots solutions to conserving our land and waters.

WHO:
Representatives from the departments of Interior and Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency; the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, local park advocacy organizations, and citizens.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 1, 2010
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Onsite check-in opens at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE:
Franklin High School
3013 South Mount Baker Blvd
Seattle, Washington  98144

The event is open to the public. Participants are asked to pre-register online by Monday, June 28, 2010, at http://www.discovernw.org/ago-signup.htm.

WHY: 
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is calling on the Administration to give our national parks a prominent place in any forward-thinking initiative surrounding conservation in our nation. From the volcanoes in Hawaii to the Great Smoky Mountains, our national parks provide some of the best means of connecting Americans, young and old, to America’s great outdoors, and preserving the natural and cultural diversity of our nation. There are 13 National Park sites in Washington State. These parks are physical chapters of the continuing American story and they tell both happy and sad tales, but the story is not complete. To learn more, visit: www.npca.org/americasgreatoutdoors.

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