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Presidential Proclamation: June Is Great Outdoors Month

Presidential Proclamation: June Is Great Outdoors Month

On May 31, President Obama proclaimed June 2011 to be Great Outdoors Month. That’s great news! The agenda here is to protect outdoor spaces and increase recreation in nature and local parks.

The Presidential Proclamation

Here’s part of the President’s proclamation:

As we commit to protecting our country’s outdoor spaces, we also celebrate all they have to offer. Our public lands and other open areas provide myriad opportunities for families and friends to explore, play, and grow together — from hiking and wildlife watching to canoeing, hunting, and fishing, and playing in a neighborhood park. These activities can help our kids stay healthy, active, and energized, while reconnecting with their natural heritage. This month, let each of us resolve to protect our great outdoors; discover their wonders; and share them with our friends, our neighbors, and our children.

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 2011 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our Nation’s legacy of conserving our lands for future generations.

This is wonderful news for all nature lovers.

Good News … And Bad News

But how’s this for being disingenuous? President Obama signed his proclamation on May 31, but on June 1, his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sent a letter to the Director of the Bureau of Land Management reversing his December 2010 order to make millions of acres of public land eligible for wilderness protection, as Care2′s Gina-Marie Cheeseman writes here.

So now millions of acres of federal land in the West will no longer be protected as wilderness.

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10:21AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Oh great for Obama to say. Where is he and his money grubbing family going to vacation on tax payer dollars in June. They have spent more money on vacations that any other president yet he was quick to condemn Bush for working vacations at his own ranch.
Obama needs a lifetime vacation but not on our dime anymore.

8:37AM PDT on May 4, 2012

HELLO out there:
The House has passed the "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012" Next it goes to the Senate, where it must be stopped or we shall have no outdoors as we know it. That proposed bill not only allows unlimited hunting (including the use of lead bullets) in National parks and all wilderness areas, it also removes restrictions on road building for heavy hauling as well as recreational vehicles, and clears the way for "mineral and resource" mining. Add this to the Feds' participation in the wholesale eradication of wolves and other apex predators (as was done by the Canadians in preparation for their shale mining operations) and what do you have? More fracking, in Wyoming and all other northwestern states. By the way, EPA is helpless in such cases, thanks to The Haliburton Loophole, put through by Dick Cheney to protect his business interests.
There are subjects for your next two or three petitions, please!

8:37AM PDT on May 4, 2012

HELLO out there:
The House has passed the "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012" Next it goes to the Senate, where it must be stopped or we shall have no outdoors as we know it. That proposed bill not only allows unlimited hunting (including the use of lead bullets) in National parks and all wilderness areas, it also removes restrictions on road building for heavy hauling as well as recreational vehicles, and clears the way for "mineral and resource" mining. Add this to the Feds' participation in the wholesale eradication of wolves and other apex predators (as was done by the Canadians in preparation for their shale mining operations) and what do you have? More fracking, in Wyoming and all other northwestern states. By the way, EPA is helpless in such cases, thanks to The Haliburton Loophole, put through by Dick Cheney to protect his business interests.
There are subjects for your next two or three petitions, please!

10:16PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Take care of our natural resources....

7:37PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

great! enjoy outdoors everyday

10:58AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

thought it was gay month ......

10:47AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

June as outdoormonth sounds good. The other eleven months can be used for mountaintop removal, fracking, clearcutting forests. Will sign if I can as an "unamerican".

10:11AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

This is a smart move-getting us out into the outdoors-because with the high rate of unemployment and growing number of foreclosures, alot of us will probably being living here!

9:11AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Considering his administration is taking protection away from millions of acres of land, I'd say Obama is a raging hypocrite. For a democrat, he doesn't much care about the environment.

8:29AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

I read somewhere else June was gay month.

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