U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

The U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June 2017 “Great Outdoors Month!” Action on Senate Resolution 199 was delayed beyond June by contentious debate over issues like healthcare, but active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters continues to enjoy bipartisan support. The resolution was introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and was cosponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Read the full resolution here.

The Senate’s message encourages “all people of the United States to recreate in the great outdoors in June 2017 and year-round.” The resolution praises the healthful benefits of time outdoors, saying, “…regular outdoor recreation is associated with positive health outcomes and better quality of life.”

Senator Daines also took to the Senate floor June 20 to celebrate Great Outdoors Month®, recognizing the economic importance and social benefits of outdoor recreation in Montana and across the country and encouraging all Americans to enjoy the Great Outdoors. “Montanans can tell you that nothing beats getting outdoors for some hunting, skiing, fishing, backpacking, you name it – it’s our way of life,” he said. “I want to encourage everyone to recognize National Great Outdoors Month by joining me and getting out there and experiencing all that the outdoors has to offer.” Click here to see his full comments.

The Senate joins President Trump and all 50 governors in recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal levels. This is the first time the U.S. Congress has taken official action on Great Outdoors Month®.