WHEREAS, Alaska is known for its expansive landscapes, and people from around the world come to experience the breathtaking views and diverse wildlife the Last Frontier has to offer; and
WHEREAS, throughout Alaska’s changing seasons, an abundance of recreational activities are enjoyed by residents and visitors, from big game hunting and sport fishing, to skiing, sled dog mushing, and much more; and
WHEREAS, not only is Alaska home to more than 700,000 people, it is also home to over 1,000 various vertebrate species, including approximately 100,000 black bear, 30,000 brown bear, and 750,000 wild caribou; and
WHEREAS, Alaska contains many ecosystems, ranging from coastal rainforests in the southern regions to arctic tundra and sea ice in the north; and
WHEREAS, as our time is increasingly spent more indoors and in front of digital screens, it is important to utilize every opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, and Alaska’s state and national parks, forests, coastland, and other recreational areas provide remedies for the adverse effects of inactivity; and
WHEREAS, Alaskans play an important role in caring for and utilizing our natural spaces, and people across the state have demonstrated their dedication to maintaining our wilderness spaces for future generations by using our natural resources in a responsible manner and by educating our youth on the amazing wonders that surround us; and
WHEREAS, Great Outdoors Month offers an opportunity to celebrate the importance of Alaska’s majestic mountains, pristine waters, and vast landscapes as Alaskan’s enjoy the memorable experiences of being outdoors with family and friends.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim June 2023 as:
Great Outdoors Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to take advantage of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoor activities provided by Alaska’s majestic wilderness.
Dated: June 1, 2023