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Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 172 /Tuesday, September 7, 2010 / Presidential Documents 54455
Proclamation 8553 of August 31, 2010
National Wilderness Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

For centuries, the American spirit of exploration and discovery has led
us to experience the majesty of our Nation’s wilderness. From raging rivers
to serene prairies, from mountain peaks slicing the skyline to forests teeming
with life, our Nation’s landscapes have provided wonder, inspiration, and
strength to all Americans. Many sites continue to hold historical, cultural,
and religious significance for Indian tribes, the original stewards of this
continent. We must continue to preserve and protect these scenic places
and the life that inhabits them so they may be rediscovered and appreciated
by generations to come.

As we celebrate America’s abundance of diverse lands, remarkable wildlife,
and untamed beauty during National Wilderness Month, we also look back
on our rich history of conservation. It was over 100 years ago that President
Theodore Roosevelt marveled at the stark grandeur of the Grand Canyon
and declared, ‘‘the ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar
it.’’ Since that time, administrations have worked across party lines to defend
America’s breathtaking natural sites. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed
the Wilderness Act in 1964, and many Presidents have since added new
places to this great network of protected lands so that millions of acres
of forests, monuments, and parks will be preserved for our children and
grandchildren.

Following in the footsteps of my predecessors, I signed the Omnibus Public
Land Management Act last year to restore and protect more of our cherished
wild spaces. In April of this year, I established the America’s Great Outdoors
Initiative to develop a community-based 21st century conservation agenda
that can also spur job creation in the tourism and recreation industries.
My Administration will continue to work closely with our State, local,
and tribal partners to connect Americans with the great outdoors.
This month, we renew our pledge to build upon the legacy of our forebears.
Together, we must ensure that future generations can experience the tranquility and grandeur of America’s natural places. As we resolve to meet
this responsibility, let us also reflect on the ways in which our lives have
been enriched by the gift of the American wilderness.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2010
as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy
our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the
protection of our precious national treasures.

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54456 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 7, 2010 / Presidential Documents
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day
of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
 

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