WHEREAS, there is a growing consciousness in the State of Delaware in the value of conserving our natural resources, according to the State Forestry Department; and

WHEREAS, our citizens are to be commended for the increased planting of seedling trees which in turn replenishes the stock harvested annually as a part of our economy; and

WHEREAS, we must not only consider the economic value of our woodlands but be aware of their esthetic qualities as well, which we may enjoy in those months when they add color to our countryside and serve as shields for our birds, wildflowers and other wildlife ; and

WHEREAS, we should continue to keep public interest aroused in the preservation of our forests and natural landscape adornments through education as provided by our public and private schools, civic organizations and other agencies interested in such projects; and

WHEREAS, replanting of trees reached an all-time high in the state last year and indications are that 1955 will prove another banner year of planting.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, in compliance with provisions adopted by the General Assembly, do hereby designate Friday, April 1, 1955, as


I request that this day be observed by all public and private schools ; colleges and other institutions by the planting of trees and beautifying of schools and public grounds by suitable exercises which have as their object the advancement of the study of arbor culture

I further urge that we continue our program of protection for our trees and the cultivation of general appreciation of the values and benefits derived from them.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, 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 twenty-

(Great Seal) fourth day of March in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one-hundred and seventy-ninth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State