Any time that land use is a topic, off-road recreationalists need to make sure that we are as well represented as possible. Several staffers from Dirt Rider attended the America's Great Outdoors Presidential Listening Session in Los Angeles, California in early July, and we were pleased to see that in addition to environmentalists, equestrians, hikers, conservationists, farmers and landowners, there were more than a few OHV supporters in the crowd from the Blue Ribbon Coalition, ORBA, AMA, the Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club, AMA District 36/37, NOHVCC and more, as well as individual riders who just wanted to support the sport. Held at Occidental College (which, coincidentally, Obama attended from 1979 to 1981), the Los Angeles listening session began with some very one-sided remarks from LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that, as best described by the Blue Ribbon Coalition's Don Amador, were "inappropriate and actually detracted from what should have been bipartisan advocacy for the recreation and outdoor goals of the initiative." Following this, comments were made by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Harris Sherman and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy. These speeches largely consisted of each individual praising the other speakers in attendance, and then telling the crowd that they were, in the words of Harris Sherman, "eager and committed" to hearing what the public had to say about conservation. Following this, several panelists offered their respective opinions to the crowd, most of which revolved around increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Unfortunately, OHV users were not represented among these panelists, although President-elect of the California Cattlemen's Association Kevin Kester did voice his "concerns of government mandated land use…coming out of D.C.". Finally--and only after a heartwarming video was shown depicting recreationalists (and, not surprisingly, no off-road vehicles) enjoying the great outdoors-- the floor was opened up for the public to speak to the Obama administration officials and the audience members in attendance.