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May 26, 2015

MADISON - The month of June is officially Great Outdoors Month in Wisconsin, under a proclamation signed by Gov. Scott Walker.

"Great Outdoors Month is an opportunity to celebrate and experience the many outdoor activities Wisconsin has to offer and to renew our commitment to conserving our air water and land," according to the proclamation.

The President and all 50 state governors were asked to issue similar proclamations, according to the American Recreation Coalition, which is coordinating the effort to garner similar support this year to highlight the benefits of active fun outdoors and the shared resources of forests, parks, refuges and other public lands and waters.

The coalition is encouraging people to take part in a variety of events and activities that take place in June, including National Trails Day, June 6; National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14; National Marina Day, June 13, National Get Outdoors Day, June 13; Great Outdoors Month National Day of Service, June 19; and the Great American Campout, June 27.

"Wisconsin's vast natural and cultural resources provide citizens and visitors opportunities to hike, bike, fish, camp, swim, learn about nature, and enjoy numerous other outdoor activities on public and private lands, in urban green spaces, and suburban backyards," Governor Walker's proclamation states.

In Wisconsin there will also be a celebration of the 50th anniversary on the Rails to Trails program in Wisconsin on National Trails Day, which is also the first day of Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin, June 6 & 7, when state park admission stickers and trail passes, fishing licenses and out of state all-terrain vehicle trail passes are waived.

Great Outdoors Month was first acknowledged by the White House in 1997, and has received presidential recognition annually since 2004. It highlights the benefits of outdoor activity and focuses attention on our natural resources, including parks, forests and other public lands and waters.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Biermeier, recreation, planning and development chief, 608-264-6136 or Paul Holtan - 608-267-7517

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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