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How Great Outdoors Colorado Became an Blueprint for America

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When President Obama unveiled his new America’s Great Outdoors strategy, environmental planners in Colorado recognized a few things, writes the Denver Post. That’s because it’s modeled on the state’s primary land-preservation program, Great Outdoors Colorado, which was developed when current U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar oversaw the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Salazar also had a hand in writing the new plan, which proposes to create parks nationwide, while protecting endangered rivers and forests.

“This is a bottom-up, locally driven initiative,” Salazar explains. “We’ll be working with states and local communities to identify the special places—the landscapes and rivers—that they want protected.” The $900 million plan, which will be funded by existing oil-and-gas revenues, is also intended to get more Americans outdoors to exercise. “A lot of folks go days without stepping on a blade of grass,” Obama claims.

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