By Ben Geman - 04/16/10 03:53 PM EDT
"Now, that legacy is an extraordinary achievement – and no matter how long I have the privilege of serving as President, I know I can never match it,” Obama said in announcing the program at the Interior Department.
“And I will probably never shoot a bear. That’s a fair bet there, fair guess. But I do intend to enrich that legacy, and I feel an abiding bond with the land that is the United States of America,” he added.
Obama said the Outdoors Initiative would be a bottom-up effort.
“In the months ahead, members of this administration will host regional listening sessions across America. We’ll meet with everybody – from tribal leaders to farmers, from young people to businesspeople, from elected officials to recreation and conservation groups. And their ideas will help us form a 21st century strategy for America’s great outdoors to better protect our natural landscape and our history for generations to come,” he said.