WHEREAS, Nevada is blessed with abundant opportunities for safe and healthy fun enjoying our natural splendor in the company of family and friends; and
WHEREAS, outdoor activity is touted by many leading health organizations as a remedy for the adverse effects caused by our increasing inactivity; and
WHEREAS, Great Outdoors Month is an opportunity to connect citizens of all ages to healthy fun outdoor recreation; and
WHEREAS, the economic impact of outdoor recreation is both large and growing nationally, exceeding $650 billion in annual expenditures, and in our state, where it is estimated at $21.2 billion and supports some 216,000 jobs; and
WHEREAS, Nevada's 16 state parks, three national park units and seven national forests attract millions of visitors each year and reflect every facet of our state's rich natural and cultural history; and
WHEREAS, enjoyment of the outdoors allows us to celebrate the commitment of our state to conserve and protect our air, water, wildlife and lands and contribute to conservation efforts through various licenses, taxes and fees; and
WHEREAS, Great Outdoors Month allows us to celebrate the partnership of federal, state and local agencies, the recreation and tourism industries and recreationists which makes outdoor recreation opportunities available, and it is an opportunity for citizens and visitors to explore and enjoy the Silver State;
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 12th day of May, 2017.