Mr. Bruce Ward of Pine, CO, attended a meeting at the White House, in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2011. He was asked to participate along with President Barack Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. Ward was selected for the nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors in 2008 to bring together the diverse outdoor recreation interests that enjoy the National Forests and Grasslands. The recreation constituency is composed of industry, enthusiast, and advocacy groups that span the spectrum from highly developed activities like alpine skiing, to motorized-based travel uses, and nonmotorized, traditional activities like hunting, hiking, and equestrian use. These interests have a history of competitiveness and conflict both on the ground and in policy issues. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 16, 2014
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