Facilitators and note takers are briefed by event directors U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's Sherry Tune (black outfit) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Assistant State Conservationist Daniel Mountjoy (right, grey coat/blue shirt) before the Americaâs Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) Monterey Bay Pilot Area Focus Session in the City of Watsonvilleâs Civic Plaza in California, on Friday, June 17, 2011. Federal and state resource management agencies came together to identify partnership opportunities and determine actions for protection and enhancement of water quality and publicize voluntary stewardship iin the watersheds that drain into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This area includes the counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Key questions identified existing multi-county or multi land use partnerships; what is not being done; possible partnerships - collective resources to maximize the benefits to natural resources and communities; and additional resources that organizations can bring to maximize AGO. President Barack Obama signed the initiative on April 16, 2010 to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 8, 2014
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