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

Whereas Christmas tree season provides hundreds of seasonal jobs for Massachusetts families at over 200 Christmas tree farms on approximately 5,000 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires; and  

Whereas 1.8 million dollars is added to the Commonwealth’s economy each year from the sale of Massachusetts-Christmas trees; and

Whereas Christmas tree farms, oftentimes sited on soils that cannot support other crops, stabilize soil which helps prevent erosion and protect water supplies  

Whereas When chipped, the trees can be used as a renewable source of energy to be burned as fuel, used as mulch or composted; and

Whereas Studies show that one acre of 8-12 year old Christmas trees produce nearly 1/2 ton of new bio-mass each year, removing nearly 500 pounds of carbon (CO2) from the atmosphere, and freshens the air with about 1,000 pounds of oxygen; and

Whereas Tree farms provide stable refuge and feeding areas for wildlife, which allows a natural buildup of bird and animal populations, often near large urban centers; and

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 25th, 2011,  to be

Green Friday

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, this twenty-third day of November, in the year two thousand and eleven, 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