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Arbor Day

May 18, 2020

WHEREAS, Alaska’s abundant resources and vast lands provide both great opportunity and quality of life for all Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, since 1966, Alaska has recognized Arbor Day as a day to appreciate one of Alaska’s greatest resources, and to highlight the importance of sustainable management of trees and forests to ensure the bright future of our state, and to encourage the planting and care of trees across the nation; and

WHEREAS, trees benefit our communities in many ways: they reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, enhance the beauty of the landscapes of our homes, schools, and towns, reduce our heating and cooling costs, moderate temperature, clean the air, and provide habitat for Alaska’s plentiful wildlife; and

WHEREAS trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for construction, fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, is responsible for encouraging appropriate management of our urban and rural forests; managing Alaska’s 2.6 million acres of forest land for multiple objectives; protecting against wildfire, insects, and diseases; providing technical assistance to forestland owners and managers; and promoting wise stewardship of forest lands; and

WHEREAS, healthy and properly managed trees and forests provide environmental, economic, and social benefits and improve the quality of life for Alaskans.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 18, 2020 as:

Arbor Day

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the importance of trees and forests in Alaska, and to participate in the responsible management and treatment of Alaska’s forest lands.