April Recreation Exchange


Special Guest:

The Honorable Greg Walden

Chairman, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health
Committee on Resources, U.S. House of Representatives

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 14, 2005, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
**Note Special Time. Breakfast will be Served**

PLACE: Room 1537, Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

COST: $50 per person for non-Recreation Exchange subscribers

RSVP: By noon on Monday, April 11 (202-682-9530) or rsvp@funoutdoors.com

The American Recreation Coalition is delighted to welcome Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) as our special guest at the April Recreation Exchange. Mr. Walden was appointed Chairman of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health in March 2004 following his efforts to pass the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. One of Mr. Walden’s highest legislative priorities continues to be reforming the nation’s forest management policies, including hazardous fuels reduction to minimize the danger posed by wildfire to lives, property and public lands.

Mr. Walden has been a member of the Congress since 1999. During his first term, Mr. Walden’s premier legislative accomplishment was the passage of legislation to protect Steens Mountain. His effort to protect the Steens has been widely recognized as an example of the success that can be achieved when local landowners, conservationists and federal officials work cooperatively to protect the natural environment and ensure local participation in the management of federal lands. He has worked to resolve the water crisis in the Klamath Basin, which resulted from a decision to shut off irrigation water to more than 1,000 local farmers and ranchers in an effort to protect several species of native endangered fish. Mr. Walden has led a movement to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by requiring science used in ESA decisions to be peer-reviewed, an action that might have prevented the water shut-off in the Klamath Basin. Mr. Walden’s efforts to raise awareness about the human toll of environmental policies have established him as a leader in the national movement to restore balance to the nation’s environmental laws and the actions of federal agencies charged with managing public lands.

Before his election to Congress, Mr. Walden served for eight years in the Oregon Legislature and two years in the state Senate. Prior to his time in the legislature, Mr. Walden worked in Washington, D.C. for nearly six years as Press Secretary and Chief of Staff for former Oregon Congressman Denny Smith. Mr. Walden received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1981.

We invite you to join us for breakfast on April 14th, as Representative Walden discusses maintaining recreational access to our public lands, especially within the National Forests, the Endangered Species Act, volunteerism and partnerships between the private and public sector, and recreation and the nation’s health.

This event is open to Recreation Exchange Subscribers, ARC members and guests.