America's Great Outdoors Agency Champions

A diverse group of people from across the country came together to honor and celebrate America’s Great Outdoors Champions during Great Outdoors America Week (GO America Week).  These Agency champions were honored for their on-going work to protect America’s wild places and green spaces, and reconnect Americans to the great outdoors.

Department of the Interior - Will Shafroth

Will Shafroth, a land conservationist executive and founding director of the Colorado Conservation Trust and Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund is currently serving as Councilor to the Secretary for America’s Great Outdoors.

America’s Great Outdoors Accomplishments

  • DOI worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to designate 41 National Recreation Trails stretching across 17 states, adding 650 miles to the national trails system.
  • DOI and USACE worked together to designate three new National Water Trails including the Lake Michigan National Water Trail in Illinois and Indiana, the Quinebaug River Water Trail in Connecticut, and the Susquehanna River Water Trail in Pennsylvania.
  • Led by EPA, USDA, DOI and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 11 agencies came together to form the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, leveraging Federal funds to revitalize urban waters and surrounding communities through pilot projects in seven initial cities.
  • Released a 50-state progress report outlining 100 locally-supported outdoor initiatives aimed at reconnecting people to the great outdoors.

Department of Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service) - Robert Bonnie

Robert Bonnie is a Senior Advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for environment and climate change.  At USDA, Bonnie works closely with the Farm Service Agency, Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service on a variety of natural resource and climate related issues.

America’s Great Outdoors Accomplishments

  • USDA announced $100 million in landowner agreements with farmers and ranchers to restore wetlands and permanently conserve nearly 24,000 acres of agricultural land in the Northern Everglades.
  • USDA improved access for hunting by enrolling eight additional states and one tribe in the “Open Fields” Voluntary Public Access Program, which works with states to provide landowners with incentives to expand lands available for hunting.
  • Led by EPA, USDA, DOI and the Department of Housing and Urban Developmen, 11 agencies came together to form the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, leveraging Federal funds to revitalize urban waters and surrounding communities through pilot projects in seven initial cities.
  • USDA worked with other Federal agencies to launch new landscape-scale projects in Saginaw Bay, Michigan; Monterey Bay, California; and the Lake Champlain area in New York and Vermont, investing $3.5 million to underwrite conservation activities on working lands based on extensive stakeholder input.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Terrence “Rock” Salt

Terrence “Rock” Salt is the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army. Salt was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in June 1966. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

America’s Great Outdoors Accomplishments

  • DOI worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to designate 41 National Recreation Trails stretching across 17 states, adding 650 miles to the national trails system.

Environmental Protection Agency - Bicky Corman

Bicky Corman is currently the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Policy. Corman has handled environmental litigation and policy at the state and federal levels, previously serving in EPA's New York office and in the Department of Justice's Environmental Enforcement Section, and in the District of Columbia's Department of the Environment, where she served as the General Counsel.

America’s Great Outdoors Accomplishments

  • EPA awarded nearly $30 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants, including funds to groom Chicago’s to 24 beaches on a daily basis and build a protective barrier to make swimming areas cleaner. These actions should result in fewer swimming bans and advisories due to contamination.
  • Led by EPA, USDA, DOI and the Department of Housing and Urban Developmen, 11 agencies came together to form the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, leveraging Federal funds to revitalize urban waters and surrounding communities through pilot projects in seven initial cities.

White House Council on Environmental Quality - Jay Jensen

Jay Jensen is the associate director for Land & Water Ecosystems at White House Council on Environmental Quality.

America’s Great Outdoors Accomplishments

  • Coordinated the efforts of the other agencies to ensure maximum success for Americans nationwide.

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