American Whitewater participated in the White House Conference on Conservation — Growing
America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy — which took place at the U.S. Department of
the Interior in Washington, D.C. The conference explored the connection between stewardship,
outdoor recreation, healthy lands, rivers, wildlife and the job creation strategies fueled by
nature based tourism.
President Obama addressed the crowd, reinforcing the importance of conservation and expressing
that it can go hand-in-hand with economic vitality and a sustainable approach to job creation. A
transcript of his address and video is posted here
The White House Conference was a gathering of boaters, hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, land
conservationists, historic preservationists, outdoor recreationists, small business owners, local
governments, tribal leaders and other key stakeholders from around the nation to strengthen
partnerships and identify next steps in spurring and supporting successful conservation projects.
The Administrations conservation projects have a direct impact on rivers for many whitewater
paddlers. These projects include protecting flows on the Yampa River (CO), removing dams and
restoring whitewater flows for boating and fish on the Elwha River (WA) and protecting the Grand
Canyon and Colorado River (AZ) from the impacts of uranium mining.
A summary of the White House Conference is posted to the White House Blog
There is also a useful conservation fact sheet
that was presented at the conference.