America’s Great Outdoor Initiative

US President Barack Obama announced a new action plan under the America’s Great Outdoor initiative which aims to strengthen and protect natural resources and improve access to open space. This plan includes an increase of 140 million dollars to park budgets over last year, funding for which will come from current oil and gas revenues for “if you are going to take something out of the Earth, you have a responsibility to give a little bit back to the Earth.” It also introduces a new Conservation Service Corps to encourage young people to get outside and build life long relationships with their natural heritage.  Read the full press release >

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