Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Pollinator species, such as birds and insects, are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply; and

Whereas Pollination plays a vital role in the health of our national forests and grasslands, which provide forage, fish and wildlife, timber, water, mineral resources, and recreational opportunities as well as enhanced economic development opportunities for communities; and

Whereas Pollinator species provide significant environmental benefits that are necessary for maintaining healthy, biodiverse ecosystems; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has managed wildlife habitats and public lands, such as state forests and grasslands for decades, and we provide producers with conservation assistance to promote wise conservation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats on working lands and wildlands,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 18th – 24th, 2012, to be,

Massachusetts Pollinator Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, first day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                      
Governor of the Commonwealth      

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts