WHEREAS, Arbor Day was first recognized by the State of Alaska in 1966 with the intent “to increase public awareness of the vital importance of the conservation and propagation of trees and forests to the everyday life of the citizens of Alaska”; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of Arbor Day has been expanded to encourage the planting and care of trees for the benefit of urban, community, and rural landscapes; and
WHEREAS, trees benefit our communities by absorbing air pollutants, reducing the erosion of valuable topsoil, enhancing the allurement of landscapes of our homes, schools, and towns, reducing our heating and cooling costs, moderating temperature, and by providing habitat for Alaska’s plentiful wildlife; and
WHEREAS, trees bring beauty into our communities and are a renewable resource that provides us with paper, wood for construction, fuel for our fires, and countless other products; and
WHEREAS, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, is responsible for managing Alaska’s 2.6 million acres of forest land to protect against wildfire, insects, and diseases, providing technical assistance to forestland owners and managers, and for 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 15, 2023 as:
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.
Dated: May 15, 2023