President Obama proclaims June as Great Outdoors Month; Governors join in

From American Recreation Coalition

June 3, 2009

June has been officially designated Great Outdoors Month by President Barack Obama and more than half of America's governors. The proclamations were suggested by a coalition of dozens of recreation and conservation organizations, many of which coordinate special events held during June, including National Trails Day(r), National Fishing and Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day and the Great American Backyard Campout.

Again in 2009, some 40 of America's governors have also proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month in their home states. The state proclamations differ in length and emphasis, but most praise volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and outdoor recreation as a means to happier, healthier lifestyles. Proclamation copies are at

Since 2004, Presidential recognition has come through the annual proclamation of Great Outdoors Month, linking and celebrating a variety of important events and actions that occur during the month. Great Outdoors Month has inspired families and individuals to get outdoors, become volunteers on their public lands and lead healthier, more active lives. It has helped grow initiatives ranging from the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day to National Fishing and Boating Week, to the Great American Backyard Campout, which all take place in June, and has strengthened support for initiatives ranging from Take Pride in America to the National Park Service Centennial Initiative. In 2008, Great Outdoors Month added National Get Outdoors Day, which reaches out to families that rarely visit our parks, forests and other outdoor sites and provides a sampler of fun outdoor activities at urban sites across the nation.



America's legacy of national parks and forests, national wildlife refuges and other public lands covers
nearly one-third of the Nation and unites us across our regional, age and cultural differences. These
special places safeguard our environment and are key to our mental, physical and spiritual health.
Our Great Outdoors is especially important during periods of personal and national uncertainty. These
lands and waters are special places for refreshment and healing, for reconnecting friends and family.
June is an appropriate time to recognize and celebrate this legacy and to invite every American to
understand, to benefit from, and to contribute to this shared legacy.

This June, public and private organizations, working in partnership, will sponsor National Trails Day®,
building and maintaining trails for hiking and biking and more across the country. During National
Fishing and Boating Week, America's youth will be invited to take part in boating and fishing events.
Also in June, we will celebrate camp-outs in wilderness and backyards alike through the Great
American Backyard Camp-Out. And through Take Pride in America" and other initiatives, volunteers of
all ages will gather to clean up, restore and revitalize the health of our seashores and our public lands and
improve their own health and quality of life.

My Administration is committed to investing in and protecting the Great Outdoors. Through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act I signed into law in the first 30 days of my Presidency and in
the budget proposal I have submitted to the Congress, resources for our parks and forests and refuges
will be dramatically increased. We are committed to partnerships with businesses serving visitors to
public lands and waters, with nonprofits aiding visitors and resource protection, and with state and local
governments to protect and benefit from these lands in ways that will ensure their availability for
Americans many generations in the future.

Our public lands will be a potent tool in addressing our health-care needs. Largely preventable chronic
diseases now cause seven of every 10 deaths each year. They also consume three of every four dollars
we spend on health care. While government cannot mandate lifestyles that support good health, it can
make those choices attractive and accessible by encouraging and accommodating visits to great places
in the Great Outdoors.

The National Park Service Centennial Initiative will ensure that our network of nearly 400 national park
units will be ready to protect key facets of America's natural, cultural and historic legacy long after the
National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. We are especially delighted that the
Centennial Initiative specifically invites all Americans to help prepare our park system for a second
century and will work to connect every American to these places that showcase America's natural
grandeur and tell our Nation's stories.

I invite Americans to take part in National Get Outdoors Day this June, when families will be welcomed
to discover our Nation's varied landscapes, from sandy beaches to towering mountains, and the many
traditional and new activities which take place at these sites. Through biking, swimming, hiking,
geocaching and more, Americans can enjoy our country's magnificent scenery and the healthy benefits
of outdoor recreation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the
authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009
as Great Outdoors Month. I call on all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and
activities, to contribute with both time and dollars to our legacy of public lands and waters and to spend
time enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ----- day of May, in the year of our Lord two
thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtythird.


America Outdoors
American Association for Leisure and Recreation
American Association for Nude Recreation
American Canoe Association
American Council of Snowmobile Associations
American Fly Fishing Trade Association
American Hiking Society
American Horse Council
American Motorcyclist Association
American Quarter Horse Association
American Recreation Coalition
American Sportfishing Association
American Trails
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Association of Marina Industries
Clean Beaches Council
The Coleman Company
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Continental Divide Trail Alliance
DITC-Environmental Education Foundation
Family Campers and RVers
Family Motor Coach Association
Federation of Fly Fishers
Go RVing Coalition
Good Sam Club
International Mountain Bicycling Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Kampgrounds of America
Leave No Trace, Inc.
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
National Association of State Park Directors
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
National Forest Recreation Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Off-Highway Vehicle
Conservation Council
National Park Hospitality Association
National Recreation and Park Association
National Safe Boating Council
National Ski Areas Association
National Ski &Snowboard Retailers Association
National Sporting Goods Association
National Wildlife Federation
Oregon Tourism Commission
Personal Watercraft Industry Association
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Professional Paddlesports Association
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
SGMA International
Southeast Tourism Society
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association
Take Pride in America
Tread Lightly! Inc.
U.S. Travel Association
The Walt Disney Company
Western States Tourism Policy Council

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