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Trout Unlimited Commends Findings Detailed in America's Great Outdoors Report
Arlington, Va. - Trout Unlimited (TU) lauded the findings in America's Great Outdoors report, released yesterday at the White House by President Obama and members of his Administration.
The report, "America's Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations," is meant to be a blueprint for the nation, to encourage greater engagement of youth in outdoor recreation and conservation work and to increase landscape scale cooperative conservation efforts involving communities and conservation groups like TU.
"TU appreciates the great efforts made by the Administration to engage the nation in an inclusive public discussion about the challenges we face to our fish and wildlife resources, and to the future of America's outdoor heritage," said Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited's President and CEO. "We are pleased that the report features many of the approaches that TU volunteers and staff are using every day to rise to the challenge: educating youth and getting involved in on the ground stream restoration and community-based, landscape-scale watershed restoration partnerships," Wood said.
Several TU projects are mentioned in the report as successful models of conservation, including:
The report includes the following recommendations:
"The President and his Administration listened to Americans and developed a good plan," said Wood. "Now we must convince that same Administration, Congress, and decision-makers across the land that these ideas are worth the investment and effort needed to make them a reality," he said.
The report was drawn from more than 50 public listening sessions held across the country since last April that drew more than 10,000 participants and 105,000 comments.
The report can be found at http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/report/
Trout Unlimited is the nation's largest coldwater conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.