President Bush Asked to Proclaim June "Great Outdoors Month 2007"

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2007) - President George W. Bush was asked last week to issue a proclamation designating June 2007 “Great Outdoors Month” for the fourth time. Making the request were the American Recreation Coalition, The Conservation Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, and the National Recreation and Park Association, representing more than 60 supporting organizations, and Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods.

A June proclamation is suggested because it is the first month of active summer recreation activities, as well as a month with high visitation to America’s public lands. Dozens of events held nationally during this month will highlight the link between participation in outdoor recreation and improved health, especially decreased obesity.

In keeping with the President’s recently announced campaign against childhood obesity, Great Outdoors Month, and Great Outdoors Week (June 12-16), will focus a national spotlight on the potential of outdoor recreation on public land for improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of all Americans by showcasing existing public and private efforts already underway.

The organizations also have asked the fifty state governors to designate June 2007 as Great Outdoors Month in each state and to demonstrate their personal interest in health outdoor activities during the month. Each governor was also asked to conduct a Governor’s Summit on Children and the Outdoors, to highlight the importance of children’s early involvement in nature for establishing the life-long physical, mental and community benefits that can result.

First proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2004, Great Outdoors Month includes a long list of recreation community events and meetings, such as National Trails Day and National Fishing and Boating Week. For a list of events that will be regularly updated click here.

To read the letters and to see last year’s proclamation, click here.