White House to host summit on conservation

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Voicing concerns that Americans are losing their connection with nature -- and that natural areas are falling victim to sprawl and pollution -- the Obama administration is inviting hundreds of sportsmen, environmentalists and other champions of the outdoors to Washington next month for a summit on conservation.

...Under President Obama's vision for a "21st century conservation agenda," the federal government would bring together cities, states, tribes and nongovernmental organizations working on conservation efforts, and encourage families to spend more time outdoors, officials said.

..."This conference is about starting a conversation about conservation in America," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the summit had not officially been announced, "and about learning more about what local communities, tribes and stakeholders are doing to protect the places they love."