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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Great Outdoors Month

WHEREAS, Virginia embraces and accommodates all kinds of outdoor lovers from mountain biking, hiking, hunting, rafting, horse riding, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, running, kayaking, fishing, boating, and many more outdoor activities; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s outdoor recreation industry is an economic driver that contributes $11.3 billion annually to the state economy and employs more than 124,000 Virginians; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to 42 beautiful state parks, 48 wildlife management areas and wildlife conservation sites, 66 state nature area preserves, 26 state forests, numerous national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges, and countless historic sites, all providing opportunities to experience the outdoors; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has created and maintains 23 artificial reefs in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters, replicating fish habitats that serve to provide enhanced fishing opportunities while creating new habitats for native species; and

WHEREAS, more Virginians are participating in outdoor recreation pursuits, with Virginia State Parks experiencing record attendance in levels in 2023, and over 4,000 anglers recognized in Virginia’s annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Land Preservation Tax Credit has led to the permanent protection of over one million acres of land in Virginia, increasing access to nature and historic sites, providing clean air and safe drinking water, protecting views from scenic byways, trails and parks, and making Virginia a national leader in land conservation; and 

WHEREAS, the outdoors improves the quality of life in Virginia supporting physical wellness in our communities and making Virginia a great place to live, work, and raise a family; and

WHEREAS, during Great Outdoors Month and throughout the year, citizens are encouraged to get outside and experience everything Virginia has to offer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize June 2024, as GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.