March 2nd, 2012
11:42 AM ET
When President Obama usually goes to the Interior Department it’s to play basketball with his daughters. (Yes, for some reason Interior has a basketball court) But today he is heading that direction for business, to speak to the White House Conference on Conservation.
According to a White House official the president “will highlight the administration’s impressive record of taking steps to invest in our public lands, create jobs, and support local economies. “
The conference is aimed at spotlighting community-driven conservation efforts and how to continue their growth. It will bring together a mix of outdoorsmen, local governments, conservationists, recreationalist and small business owners to talk about conservation projects and how they can help local economies.
The effort is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoor Initiative which he launched in April 2011. It supports locally led conservation projects across the country and according to the group’s website, the “opening up recreational access to lands and waters, supporting the creation of urban parks and trails, increasing youth employment in conservation jobs.”
Other participants in today’s conference include:
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Jim Faulstich, a rancher from South Dakota
Juan Quezada, a Park Guide at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California
Frances G. Charles, Tribal Chairwoman from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington
Marjorie Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project in Virginia