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



Whereas America's collection of public lands includes parks, unique landscapes, forests, natural streams and wetlands, wildlife refuges, historic trails, nature centers, gardens and other landmark regions throughout the nation, which individually and collectively represent irreplaceable national resources; and

Whereas Public lands offer locally accessible natural and cultural resources for environmental appreciation and learning, wildlife recognition and recreation; and

Whereas Shared preservation requires the cognizance, cooperation and active support of constituents, local and state officials, corporate leaders, children and adults; and

Whereas The Civilian Conservation Corps gave our nation a noble legacy of conservancy of our coveted natural resources that is being passed along to younger generations; and

Whereas Land conservation provides awareness among urban dwellers who have concerns about planned development, shared land use, preservation of wild areas and natural habitats, and the benefits associated with continued restoration and enhancement efforts; and

Whereas National Public Lands Day, co-sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Defense, the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has become an annual event for local and national participation on publicly held lands,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick , Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 24th 2011 to be,

PUBLIC LANDS DAY



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-fourth day in June, 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