2009 – 2015

Preserved Open Spaces and Endangered Species

Early in his tenure, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, the most extensive expansion of land and water conservation in more than a generation, which designated more than 2 million acres of Federal wilderness and protected thousands of miles of trails and more than one thousand miles of rivers.

Committed to giving every kid the chance to explore America’s great outdoors and unique history, President Obama also launched an “Every Kid in a Park” initiative that provided all fourth-grade students and their families free admission to all Federal lands and waters for a full year.

President Barack Obama looks at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Aug. 16, 2009. (Courtesy Barack Obama Presidential Library)

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