21st Annual National Public Lands Day


WHEREAS, America’s system of public lands includes parks, forests, wildlife refuges, historic trails, natural streams and wetlands, nature centers, community gardens, and other landmarks throughout the nation that represent our shared, irreplaceable national resources; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to hundreds of beautiful public lands, including 22 national parks and thousands of historical landmarks; and

WHEREAS, public lands provide accessible natural and cultural resources for environmental learning, wildlife appreciation, and recreation; and

WHEREAS, public lands promote civic ideals that include shared stewardship and recognition of public ownership; and

WHEREAS, recreation opportunities offered by public lands help families and individuals lead active lifestyles; and

WHEREAS, a collaboration among state and local residents, land managers, and community leaders improves the condition of publicly held lands for the greater enjoyment and enrichment of all Americans; and

WHEREAS, on September 24, 2014, state park systems around the country celebrate the 21st Annual National Public Lands Day; and

WHEREAS, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation; and

WHEREAS, National Public Lands Day is an opportunity for Virginians to participate in efforts to conserve and improve our Commonwealths public lands;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 27, 2014, as the 21st ANNUAL NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.