Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange


Special Guest:

The Honorable Mike Johanns
Secretary of Agriculture

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 8, 2005; 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

NOTE LOCATION!! PLACE: Patio, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jamie L. Whitten Building, please enter at 12th Ave. and Jefferson Drive, SW

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

RSVP: By noon on Friday, June 3 (202-682-9530 or

Please join us on June 8th as we welcome our special guest for the Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange: Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. Mr. Johanns, who was sworn in as the 28th Secretary of Agriculture on January 21, 2005, will offer his perspectives on his new position and its responsibilities. In addition, he will discuss the importance of undertaking a comprehensive effort to improve the nation’s health, through improved choices in what we eat and increased physical activity through recreation. And, finally, he will help the recreation community celebrate the Centennial of the USDA Forest Service.

In April, Secretary Johanns unveiled MyPyramid, a new symbol and interactive food guidance system, which stresses the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle and places special emphasis on the importance of incorporating physical activity into people’s daily lives. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Johanns served six years as Governor of Nebraska. During his tenure as Governor, Mr. Johanns, who grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa, was a strong advocate for rural communities, farmers and ranchers. He served as Chairman of the Governors' Biotechnology Partnership and as the state government representative on the advisory committee to the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Earlier in his career, after serving on the Lancaster County Board and as a member of the Lincoln City Council, he was elected mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska in 1991, serving two terms until his election as Governor in 1998. Secretary Johanns is a graduate of St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona and earned a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha.

In addition to hearing from Secretary Johanns, ARC President Derrick Crandall and top officials from the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USDA Forest Service will introduce the recipients of the 2005 ARC Legends Awards. The Legends Awards are presented to extraordinary individuals in each of these agencies in recognition of their efforts to expand and enhance recreational opportunities through public/private partnerships, or to increase participation in outdoor recreation through innovative programs based upon public/private partnerships. The Recreation Exchange will conclude with a celebration of the Forest Service’s Centennial by featuring an open house with the Forest Service recreation staff. Please call 202-682-9530 or send an e-mail to by June 3rd to let us know your plans.

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