Here's some info from the Asheville Citizen-Times
"Senior officials with the Obama administration also will be seeing — and hearing — about what's in Asheville's backyard during a listening session being convened today. More than 300 people are expected to attend.
As part of the administration's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, the sessions are being held at spots across the country to help develop ideas for improving conservation and recreation.
Senior administration officials including the assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, the director of the National Park Service and the senior advisor for environment and climate at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be at the session today.
They will hear from residents, conservation groups, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and others about what has worked to preserve the outdoors locally, what challenges exist and how the federal government can help."
For climbers in N.C., we should use this opportunity to encourage the Dept. of the Interior to legitimize climbing on the Parkway, and create more friendly and open usage policies for climbers in National Forests and Wilderness Areas. The Access Fund has some more here.