Executive Order

Executive Order No. 55: Establishing a Governor's Advisory Commission on Open Space and Outdoor Recreation

Date: 11/30/1967
Issuer: John A. Volpe

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WHEREAS, the physical and aesthetic environment of the Commonwealth is vitally important to the health and happiness of its citizens, the development of business and industry, and the quality of life in each of its 351 cities and towns;

WHEREAS, this environment is dependent upon the protection and development of open space, conservation areas and outdoor recreation facilities;

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is embarked on an accelerated program for the protection and development of such open space, conservation areas, and outdoor recreation facilities;

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth acting through its appropriate agencies to cooperate with and assist the various cities, towns and districts, as well as private organizations and interests, in providing, acquiring, constructing and maintaining adequate open space, conservation areas and outdoor recreation facilities for the enjoyment of its citizens;

WHEREAS, it is essential that the physical and aesthetic environment of the Commonwealth -- urban, suburban and rural -- be a major concern of the government of the Commonwealth. NOW, THEREFORE, by all the authority vested in me, I do hereby issue this order.

1. There is hereby created a commission to be known as the Governor's Advisory Commission on Open Space and Outdoor Recreation consisting of twenty-one persons who shall be commissioned from time to time.

2. It shall be the duty of the Commission

a) To review present programs involving the acquisition, protection and development of open space, conservation areas, and outdoor recreation facilities provided by public and private agencies with particular attention to metropolitan areas and the growing centers of population within the Commonwealth.

b) To suggest priorities for action, and assist public and private agencies in their efforts to coordinate action programs for the creation, management, and development of new and existing open spaces, conservation areas and outdoor recreation facilities.

c) To assist in proposing and supporting the legislation and financing needed to implement the suggested programs.

d) To stimulate and organize support for these programs by the general public, with special attention to the growing number of private organizations, trusts, foundations, associations, and societies concerned with the conservation of open space, outdoor recreational and aesthetic areas, and the protection of wildlife.

e) To advise the Governor on all matters concerning pro- grams, acquisition, construction, administration, financing, operation, and maintenance of open space and outdoor conservation and recreation areas and facilities.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this thirtieth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, one hundred and ninety- second.

JOHN A. VOLPE
Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

KEVIN H. WHITE
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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