WHEREAS, Alaska is known for its expansive landscapes and people from all over the world travel 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; life in Alaska is never dull; 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 is also home to 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 a screen, it is important to jump on every opportunity to participate in outdoor activities. Alaska’s state and national parks, forests, coastland, and other recreation areas exhibit the quality of our state’s rich natural and cultural history and serve as a remedy for the adverse effects caused by our increasing inactivity; and
WHEREAS, Alaskans play an important role in caring for and utilizing our natural spaces. Across our state, Alaskans have demonstrated dedication to maintaining our wilderness spaces for future generations, using our natural resources in a responsible manner, and 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 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 2020 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.