On April 16 the White House will host a conference in Washington, D.C., to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding modern-day land conservation and the importance of reconnecting Americans and American families to the outdoors, according to a story in the current issue of RVIA Today Express.

The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors will be led by Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Ken Salazar, secretary of the Department of the Interior and Tom Vilsack, secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

Salazar said of the conference, “Across the country, Americans are working to protect the places they know and love, from the streams they fished as children and the parks where families gather together to the battlefields and buildings that tell America’s story.”

Planners say the conference will bring together leaders from communities across the country that are working to protect their outdoor spaces. Participants will include working ranchers and farmers, sportsmen and women, state and local government leaders, tribal leaders, public lands experts, conservationists, youth leaders, business representatives and others who view the outdoors as integral to their communities.

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon said, “I am pleased that the White House recognizes the importance of the great outdoors and outdoor activities to the well-being and health of Americans.”