WHEREAS, in the comparatively short span of one hundred seventy-six years of sovereign independence of this State and Nation, phenomenal progress has been made in human freedom and welfare; and

WHEREAS, it is recognized that this progress has in a very large measure been founded upon and nurtured by the extensive, and in some cases, the wasteful use of the vast stores of natural resources; and

WHEREAS, our forebearers, in recognition of the benefits and influence of these bountiful gifts upon the lives and fortunes of a free and progressive people and their responsibilities to posterity, devised ways and means of communicating to their successors implements of understanding and appreciation of that part of their trusteeship concerned with the perpetuation of forests, trees and birds by providing for the official designation and observance of one day of the year to be designated Arbor and Bird Day:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, by virtue of the authorization granted me by Section 2895 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, do hereby designate and proclaim Friday, April 4, 1952 as


and urge its observance in all public and private schools, colleges and other institutions, by organizations and individuals by the planting of trees and shrubs for the adornment of public and private grounds, and by conducting exercises for the purpose of advancing the knowledge and appreciation of trees and shrubs, and the protection and encouragement of birds that we as a people may learn to administer wisely and beneficially all natural resources which contributed so much to our individual and collective well being.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Fourteenth day of March, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.