REPORT ON THE RESULTS OF THE AMERICA GREAT OUTDOORS INITIATIVE
Thousands of people took part in the President's America Great Outdoors forum. They posted IDEAS and VOTED for the ones they thought most important. I have been voted the "Top Innovator" for almost the entire duration of the America Great Outdoors Initiative. The results made it clear the public is tired of closures, something our government needs to hear now more than ever.
Out of the 40 Most Popular IDEAS, 20 of them or half are about more motorized recreation trails, less restrictions and other Ideas that embody the multiple use philosophy. You can see also see them at
(UPDATE-You can read many of the Ideas I posted at http://www.savethetrails.us/AGOForumComments.pdf
Sorry but the USDA removed all the webpages listed below on completion of the AGO comment period)
Here is an overview :
- The Third most popular Idea "Families and Friends actively together in the Great Outdoors" proposes to encourage all forms of recreational use on public lands including both motorized and non motorized recreation.
- The Fifth most popular Idea "Promote ALL forms of recreation" also proposes the same, but also recommends opening more trails to motorized use due to past inappropriate closures
- The Sixth most popular Idea "Preserve Multiple Use Lands Permanently and Prevent Concentrated Use" proposes to Preserve Multiple Use Lands Permanently
- While the AGO was apparently begun in order to justify additional National Monument, Wilderness and other restrictions based on leaked Department of the Interior documents.
None of the Forty Most Popular Ideas support more Monument or more Wilderness or more restrictions.
- In fact Half of the forty Most Popular Ideas are generally about more motorized recreation, more active forest management, less lawsuits, real alternative energy. For example Ideas include:
The public input is further proof that we need fewer restrictions on our public lands, not more. That the public does not want more Wilderness areas or more Monuments, they want robust access to their public lands for all forms of recreation.
Now it is time for legislators to direct government land agencies towards greater multiple use including more multiple use trails, active management to promote forest health and fewer restrictions. Doing so will enhance and protect our environment by improving forest health, while at the same time help struggling rural economies by increasing tourism opportunities and providing robust recreation access to public lands.
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