Sacramento, CA — Seemingly in tandem with schools getting out for the summer, President Barack Obama, Governor Jerry Brown and the governors of 41 other states are declaring June “Great Outdoors Month.”
“This month, as we enjoy the natural splendor of our nation, let us stay true to a uniquely American idea — that each of us has an equal stake in the land around us, and an equal responsibility to protect it. Together, let us ensure our children and grandchildren will be able to look upon our lands with the same sense of wonder as all the generations that came before,” President Obama states.
The text of Governor Brown’s proclamation follows here:
Our state’s scenic landscapes have always been a source of pride and pleasure. From mountain trails in the High Sierra to a coastline that has captured the hearts of millions, Californians benefit from unparalleled opportunities to enjoy some of the world’s most beloved and spectacular outdoor places.
In 1998, President Clinton declared the first national Great Outdoors Week to celebrate our country’s natural landscapes and the renewal of mind and body they offer. Since then, our observance has expanded to encompass the whole month of June, which is the perfect time to visit California’s varied landscapes. Today, I invite all Californians to experience some small piece of the varied and magnificent land of California. I would also ask that you donate to organizations that preserve our environment and volunteer as citizen stewards to protect campgrounds and hiking trails.
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim June 2016, as “Great Outdoors Month.”