STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the wise use of natural resources--soils, waters, forests, minerals and wildlife--is essential to the welfare and security of the individual, community, state and nation; and
WHEREAS, the sound management of natural resources cannot be achieved without the guidance and support of an informed and interested public; and
WHEREAS, the week March 17 through 23 is being observed across the nation as National Wildlife Week, and as an expression of national interest in conservation and a means of stimulating greater public interest in the pressing problems of natural resource management; and
WHEREAS, nearly 40 species of wildlife in the United States are dangerously near extinction and many others are suffering from severe depletion because of destruction of the food and cover found within their living areas; and
WHEREAS, many of the lands of our country are being used without regard to this destruction of wildlife, and fire, pollution, drainage, poor farming and grazing methods, wasteful logging and building practices continues to take a heavy toll of production wildlife living areas; now
THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate the week of March 17 through 23, 1957, as
NATIONAL WILDLIFE WEEK
in this state. All citizens are urged to acquaint themselves with natural resource problems and, in keeping with the national theme "Make A Place for Wildlife," to give particular support to programs providing for the protection and restoration of wildlife living areas by encouraging the preservation and wise management of natural coverts in our forests, grasslands, streams, lakes and marshes. This will insure that these animals and the esthetic and recreational benefits that accrue from them will be perpetuated for the America of tomorrow.
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 Fourteenth day of March in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.
J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor
JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State