Obama launches "America's Great Outdoors" initiative to protect parks, open spaces — but no money attached

President Obama today launched the "America's Great Outdoors" initiative to develop a federal land conservation strategy that builds on local efforts to protect parks, rivers and open spaces.

"When we see America's land, we understand what an incredible bounty that we have been given. And it's our obligation to make sure that the next generation enjoys that same bounty," Obama said in a 12-minute speech at the Interior Department.

As part of the initiative, administration officials will hold public listening sessions around the country during the coming months with a wide range of groups to discuss innovative conservation strategies and efforts to establish new community parks.

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