ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
Late morning President Obama will speak at the Department of the Interior for the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors.
The day-long conference is a way to address the challenges, opportunities, and innovations about “modern-day” land conversation, the White House says.
“Too many of these places are disappearing,” “Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality says in a statement previewing the conference, “In launching this conversation, we strive to learn about the smart, creative community efforts underway throughout the country to conserve our outdoor spaces, and hear how we can support these efforts.”
Ranchers, farmers, sportsmen/women, state and local governmental leaders, tribal leaders, public lands experts, conversationalists and business leaders will participate in the conference with the goal on discussing, “ conservation opportunities in communities, the challenges facing them, and the innovative solutions they are crafting from the bottom up,” the Department of Interior says.
After returning to the White House the President will meet with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room.
Expected attendees include: Vice President Joe Biden Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations (via videoconference) USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (via videoconference) Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (via videoconference) Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James E. Cartwright, USMC, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan (via videoconference) Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence CIA Director Leon Panetta General James Jones, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan
In the early afternoon the president will hold a meeting in the Roosevelt Room with The President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB).
White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said that today’s meeting will be a chance to discuss a range of economic issues – including job creation, and the president’s proposal to double the number of exports over the next five years.
“He will discuss with PERAB members the urgent need to pass strong financial reform legislation and the momentum behind reform efforts currently in the Senate,” Burton said on Air Force One yesterday, “He will specifically address the steps we must take to strengthen oversight of derivatives, the same financial products that led to the near collapse of AIG, warning that the problems of the future will rest on the steps we take to address derivatives now.”
The President and PERAB board members will be joined by the Vice President at the meeting, along with Secretary Gary Locke, Fred Hochberg from the Export-Import Bank, Austan Goolsbee, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett.