[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 187 (Tuesday, September 27, 2011)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 59879-59882]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25037]

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Vol. 76


No. 187

September 27, 2011

Part VI

The President


Proclamation 8719--National Public Lands Day, 2011

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                Proclamation 8719 of September 22, 2011

National Public Lands Day, 2011

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                At the dawn of the 20th century, President Theodore 
                Roosevelt embarked on a tour of the American West that 
                forever changed our Nation's relationship with the 
                outdoors. His visits to Yellowstone, Yosemite, the 
                Grand Canyon, and other natural wonders instilled in 
                him a commitment to conservation, and they motivated 
                him to designate millions of acres of protected land. 
                Today, our public lands system is a model of 
                conservation and an important resource for clean 
                energy, grazing, and recreation--vital economic engines 
                in both rural and urban communities.

                On National Public Lands Day, we take time to 
                appreciate our parks, national forests, wildlife 
                refuges, and other public spaces, and we recommit to 
                protecting and restoring them for future generations. 
                This year, thousands of dedicated volunteers will 
                continue a proud American tradition by conserving and 
                restoring our public lands with local projects across 
                our Nation. Americans will restore hiking trails, 
                remove invasive plant species, clean lakes, and pick up 
                litter in city parks. Through their service, families 
                and children will find opportunities for outdoor 
                activity on the millions of acres of national forests, 
                parks, and trails.

                To maintain our environmental heritage and build a 
                responsive conservation and recreation agenda, my 
                Administration launched the America's Great Outdoors 
                Initiative last year. We met with thousands of 
                Americans in listening sessions across our country, and 
                compiled the results of this national conversation in 
                the report, America's Great Outdoors: A Promise to 
                Future Generations. To act on these findings, we are 
                undertaking projects in collaboration with State, 
                local, and tribal governments to responsibly steward 
                the lands that belong to all Americans. First Lady 
                Michelle Obama also joined in support of getting 
                Americans outside when the Let's Move! initiative, in 
                coordination with the Department of the Interior, 
                launched Let's Move Outside! to help families exercise 
                in the great outdoors.

                Countless Americans have experienced the same awe and 
                wonder that President Roosevelt felt on his westward 
                journey. By joining in this legacy of conservation, 
                Americans young and old protect not only our lands, but 
                also the promise that future generations will be able 
                to carry forward the spirit of adventure that lies at 
                the heart of our Nation.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim September 24, 2011, 
                as National Public Lands Day. I encourage all Americans 
                to participate in a day of public service for our 

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                    (Presidential Sig.)

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