New Release President & Governors Proclaim Great Outdoors Month

GOVERNORS JOIN PRESIDENT OBAMA IN PROCLAIMING JUNE 2014 AS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH

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Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2014) - President Barack Obama, the Governors of every state and the Mayor of the District of Columbia have all proclaimed June 2014 as Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month is a bipartisan celebration of America's abundant and diverse outdoor recreation resources and the passion Americans have for conservation and volunteerism. Each proclamation stresses the legacy and the benefits of our nation’s outdoors – and urges participation in healthy outdoors fun.

The Presidential Proclamation of Great Outdoors Month 2014 was issued on May 30 and says, in part, “During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate the rugged beauty that echoes the independence at the heart of the American spirit, and we rededicate ourselves to protecting these open spaces for tomorrow's explorers, athletes, and lovers of nature.”

Governors including John Hickenlooper (D-CO) joined him, urging people to get outside, saying, “The State of Colorado encourages its citizens and visitors to take advantage of the beauty and cleanliness of our state by participating in outdoor activities and leading healthier, fuller lives.”

Another Governor, Michigan’s Rick Snyder (R-MI), extolled the health benefits of Great Outdoors Month, saying, “Outdoor activities help combat obesity, substance abuse and youth violence while playing a positive role in education, community wellness and family cohesiveness.”

Governors Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Brian Sandoval (R-NV) both talked about all the events offering fun opportunities to get outside in June saying, “Great Outdoors Month includes diverse events designed to connect all of us to the outdoors, and especially our children and youth, including National Trails Day®, National Fishing and Boating Week, National Marina Day, National Get Outdoors Day, the Great American Backyard Campout and more.”

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin welcomed expansion of recreation opportunities linked to Great Outdoors Month saying, “Great Outdoors Month...adds new and needed features such as improved trails through the Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

Still other governors praised the volunteer aspects of Great Outdoors Month. Steve Bullock (D-MT), for example, said, “Many Montanans volunteer their time and energy to preserving and protecting our natural surroundings and this builds stronger communities and healthier citizens.”

Four Governors are holding Great Outdoors Month Capital Campouts, welcoming urban youth and families to camp out on the grounds of their governor’s residence or in a nearby state park. 2014's hosts are Governors Sam Brownback (R-KS), Nathan Deal (R-GA), John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Jay Inslee (D-WA).

Great Outdoors Month has greatly expanded since its inception, mirroring growth in outdoor recreation, which now generates more than $650 billion annually, and focuses public and private attention on the splendor and beauty of our shared natural resources. Champions of the month also note the contribution of time outdoors to mental and physical health.

Great Outdoors Month partners and sponsors include America’s State Parks, the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation whose agencies manage nearly one-third of the US, American Recreation Coalition, American Hiking Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Coleman Company and The Corps Network. Great Outdoors Month proclamations can be viewed and downloaded at www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org.