February 17, 2011--White House adopts Colorado conservation program for national effort (Denver Post)

President Barack Obama appropriated Colorado's main land-preservation program Wednesday, unveiling America's Great Outdoors — an initiative aimed at helping a couch-and-computer-bound nation reconnect with nature. A multi-agency federal council is to guide "a smarter, more community-driven environmental strategy" for creating new parks nationwide, protecting imperiled rivers and forests, and driving more people outside. "A lot of folks go days without stepping on a blade of grass," Obama said at an indoor White House ceremony. And he promised full funding — $900 million.

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