Secretary Salazar and NPS Director Jarvis Help Celebrate the Profession
United States Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis, Hon. ASLA, joined the 5,200+ participants of the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in celebrating the work of landscape architects.
|U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar|
During his remarks, Secretary Salazar’s focused on America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative, launched by President Barack Obama this spring. The Initiative is a national dialogue about conservation and reconnecting Americans with the outdoors. Salazar outlined his plans to engage the public on his vision of creating the next generation of great urban parks, encouraging young people to spend more time in the outdoors, and protecting treasured landscapes across the country. To date, over 30 listening sessions have been held across the country bringing together stakeholders from a broad range of perspectives, and thousands of concerned citizens have offered their thoughts online. Salazar concluded by thanking landscape architects for creating such “memorable places” and urged them to continue to be examples of good stewards of our country’s resources.
On November 15, 2010, Secretary Salazar will present a report to President Obama on how to continue to protect and best utilize our great outdoors. ASLA encourages all members to submit their comments that will help shape this agenda. Click HERE to submit your comments online, thank Secretary Salazar for his leadership, and offer your thoughts on what this 21st century conservation agenda should look like. The deadline to comment is Friday September 30.