Obama Takes Grass-Roots Approach to Conservation

President Obama plans to direct the federal government to foster community-based efforts to save the nation's rivers, coastlines, farms, forests and other outdoor spaces as part of a new approach to conservation. Instead of just designating vast tracts of land to be protected from development, pollution and overpopulation, Obama wants the government to embrace a grass-roots approach to conservation that has quietly taken hold in recent years in U.S. cities and towns and across international borders. "Communities are uniting to protect the places they love," according to a directive Obama signed at a White House conference on America's Great Outdoors.