Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, December 8, 2010

Focus on the Frontcountry

December 8, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Wilderness and backcountry areas are marvelous and need protection, but the battle to connect Americans to their lands and the Great Outdoors is going to be won or lost in the frontcountry -- easily accessed places that have tangible values for picnics and walks, jogging and biking and more. The Congress has largely ignored these important areas for decades and instead focused on battle between entrenched interests on roadless areas and Wilderness, oil and gas leasing and timber harvests. Those arguments will continue, but some of us want to bring new debate and energies to much less contentious initiatives to protect open spaces near people's daily lives.

Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and as well as AGO's IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is here.