On August 31st, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring September National Wilderness Month while also pledging the administration’s commitment to continuing to preserve and protect America’s wild spaces for future generations to explore as well.
In the proclamation the President takes the opportunity to acknowledge the advances that he has overseen in his short time in office, citing the Omnibus Public Land Management Act and the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative as examples of his personal commitment to our wilderness areas. Reiterating his focus on conservation, Obama also expressed his desire to create jobs and a sustainable tourism program that revolves around the country’s spectacular natural resources.
The proclamation encourages Americans to get outside and enjoy our vast and diverse wilderness areas, such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone National Parks. With literally hundreds of parks and national wilderness areas to choose from, the options are nearly endless, and there is sure to be one close to you where you live. Find one at NPS.gov and plan on spending some time in wild this September.
With summer quickly coming to an end, and the crisp fall air just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the amazing landscapes that our in our own backyard. Go for a hike, go for a paddle, or just go outside. You’ll be glad you did.
Read the full Presidential Proclamation here.