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

Whereas From the majesty of Mount Greylock, to the beauty of the Blue Hills, from the Housatonic River Valley Wildlife Management Area, to the rich and varied wetland habitats of the Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area, from the mighty waves at Horseneck Beach to the serene atmosphere of the Halibut Point, Massachusetts has a proud legacy of parks, trails, beaches, campgrounds and forests throughout the Commonwealth; and

Whereas A clean and sustainable environment, maintained by protecting these natural resources, contributes to our quality of life and helps sustain and restore our land’s native biodiversity; and

Whereas Biking, swimming, hiking, wildlife watching, hunting, fishing,  and other forms of outdoor recreation promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle; and

Whereas As June marks the beginning of the summer recreation and vacation season, it is important that all citizens are reminded of our shared responsibility to protect, enhance and utilize, responsibly and sustainably, the natural resources of the Commonwealth for present and future generations,  

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

Great Outdoors Month

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 of April, 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