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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is steward to over 450,000 acres of protected land, stretching from the picturesque Boston Harbor Islands through the rolling farmland of the Connecticut River Valley to the majesty of Mount Greylock and the beauty of the Great Blue Hills; and
Whereas From celebrations on the Esplanade to the birthplace of the conservation movement at Walden Pond State Reservation to the historic Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Massachusetts has a proud legacy of parks, trails, beaches, campgrounds and forests throughout the Commonwealth; and
Whereas Everyone has a role to play in preserving and enhancing our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources on our public lands and these public lands play a role in contributing to our quality of life; and
Whereas Whereas recreational activities such as biking, swimming, hiking, boating, camping and other outdoor recreation promotes healthy lifestyles, and relaxation and quiet time in nature contributes to our mental and spiritual well-being and celebrates a Naturally Healthy New Year; and
Whereas The Department of Conservation and Recreation will connect people with nature through its Park Passport Program and Recreational Activity Maps, encourage healthy lifestyles by exploring DCR’s Healthy Heart Trails, promote camping under the stars through the Great American Backyard Campout® and the Learn to Camp Series, and encourage families to personalize their summer adventure through The Great Park Pursuit as well as offer other programs that highlight the natural, cultural and recreational resources of our state park system,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 2013 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-first day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth