[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 110 (Thursday, June 7, 2012)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 33597-33598]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13947]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 110 / Thursday, June 7, 2012 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8833 of June 1, 2012

Great Outdoors Month, 2012

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                America's natural treasures and unique landscapes have 
                always mirrored the rugged independence and cherished 
                diversity that define our national character. From 
                rocky coasts to lush woodlands to urban parks, our 
                great outdoors have set the scene for countless 
                adventures, trials, and triumphs. During Great Outdoors 
                Month, we celebrate our long legacy of environmental 
                stewardship and resolve to preserve clean and healthy 
                outdoor spaces for generations to come.

                Thanks to centuries of forward-thinking Americans--from 
                leaders like Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore 
                Roosevelt to private citizens and neighborhood groups--
                our lives have been enriched by a tremendous array of 
                natural beauty. To uphold this tradition, I was proud 
                to launch the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. 
                Building on input from tens of thousands of people 
                across our country, we are joining with communities, 
                landowners, sportsmen, businesses, and partners at 
                every level of government to reconnect Americans with 
                the natural world and lay the foundation for a more 
                sustainable planet. Through the Initiative, we are also 
                helping support farms and ranches that provide our 
                Nation with food, fiber, and energy. The 21st Century 
                Conservation Service Corps is empowering our Nation's 
                youth to restore and protect our public lands and 
                waters through meaningful jobs and service 
                opportunities. And First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's 
                Move Outside! initiative is encouraging children and 
                families to explore the outdoors and engage in outdoor 
                recreation as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

                Protecting our environment is not only a duty to our 
                children; it is an economic imperative. Visitors to our 
                public lands contribute billions of dollars to local 
                economies, and I am committed to supporting this engine 
                of growth. As part of our National Travel and Tourism 
                Strategy, my Administration is working to increase 
                visits to our national parks and scenic places. This 
                initiative will help support small businesses and drive 
                job growth across our country.

                Great Outdoors Month is a time for all Americans to 
                share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud 
                inheritors. Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or 
                playing in a neighborhood park, nature offers each of 
                us the opportunity to get active, explore, and 
                strengthen our bonds with family and friends. This 
                month, let us celebrate our natural heritage by 
                experiencing it together.

                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 June 2012 as Great 
                Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the 
                great outdoors and to uphold our Nation's legacy of 
                conserving our lands and waters for future generations.

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

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