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Great Outdoors Month

Jun 1, 2024

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, residents and visitors can enjoy an abundance of recreational activities, from big game hunting and sport fishing, to skiing, hiking, camping, 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 indoors and in front of screens, it is important to prioritize participation in outdoor activities, and Alaska’s State and National parks, forests, coastlands, and other recreational areas help mitigate the adverse effects of inactivity; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans play an important role in caring for our natural spaces, and people across the State demonstrate their dedication to maintaining our outdoor 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 Alaskans enjoy the opportunities that abound and cherish 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 2024 as:

Great Outdoors Month

in Alaska and encourage all Alaskans to take advantage of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoor activities available in Alaska’s majestic wilderness.

Dated: June 1, 2024