Obama designates June ‘Great Outdoors Month’

In an official proclamation released yesterday, President Barack Obama declared June to be Great Outdoors Month. This designation heads up a list of interagency efforts aimed at offering more Americans access to outdoor recreation.
“Great Outdoors Month is a time for all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors,” said Obama. “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.” He went on to add that tourism and the outdoor industry are economically imperative and will serve to “support small businesses and drive job growth across our country.”
Throughout the month, government agencies are hosting a variety of events to encourage outdoor recreation. National Get Outdoors Day is set for June 9. National Fishing and Boating Week lasts through June 10, followed by National Marina Day follows on June 11. The Great American Backyard Campout will take place on June 23. National Trails Day was June 2. These and other events, hosted nationally and on the state and local level, are intended to provide a platform connecting youth and non-traditional visitors to the great outdoors.
The recent proclamation comes as part of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, launched by Obama in 2011. For reports on the status of the project, as well as other information, visit http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov.
For more information on outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States, including those held during Great Outdoors Month, visit the recently updated http://www.recreation.gov.

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