STATE OF DELAWARE
Whereas, conservation of our natural resources is vital to our Nation and should always be uppermost in our minds and hearts; and
Whereas , forests are harvested annually as a part of our economy thereby making it desirable to encourage the planting of trees which will, in turn, replenish this necessary resource; and
Whereas, our woodlands also provide beauty and shade which adds color to our countryside, and serves as shelter for our birds and other wildlife; and
Whereas, in recognition of the benefits and influence of s uch bountiful gifts showered upon the lives and fortunes of future generations, our forefathers sought to communicate an under standing and appreciation of our natural assets by providing for the observan c e of Arbor and Bird Day; and
Whereas, Section 2108, Title 29 of the Delaware Code pro vides that the last Friday in April shall annually be proclaimed as Arbor and Bird Day;
Now, therefore, I, Russell W. Peterson, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Friday, April 24, 1970 as
ARBOR AND BIRD DAY
in Delaw a re, and urge all educational institutions, civic organizations, and private citizens to hold appropriate observances on that day to stimulate widespread awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic, physical, and economic values of wildlife, forests, and every individual tree which grace our Nation's landscape.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Russell W. Peterson, 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 15th day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-fourth .
RUSSE L L W . PETERSON, Governor
Attest: EUGENE BUNTING, Secretary of State