Tuesday, March 6, 2012

ACA Attends White House Conference on Conservation

On Friday, President Obama and members of his Cabinet held the White House Conference on Conservation: Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy at the Department of Interior in Washington, DC. Part of America's Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO), the day aimed to strengthen partnerships and identify next steps in advancing community-driven conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters and wildlife across America.

The American Canoe Association (ACA) was invited to participate in the day’s proceedings and was represented by Wade Blackwood, Executive Director, and Cate Huxtable, Stewardship Coordinator. "You are the voices of conservation," said Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar addressing the diverse audience of conservation leaders from across the nation. 

The evening ended with an address from President Obama about the future of conservation and the importance of preserving our natural resources for generations to come. "There will always be people in this country who say we’ve got to choose between clean air and clean water and a growing economy, between doing right by our environment and putting people back to work. And I’m here to tell you that is a false choice… With smart, sustainable policies, we can grow our economy today and protect our environment for ourselves and our children," said Obama Friday evening. 

Read more about the White House Conference on Conservation. 

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