The scenic beauty of our State can only be perpetuated by the preservation of our natural landscape values and the conservation of our bird life by stressing the importance of protecting them from various kinds of destruction.

The interest which has been displayed in the past should be retained in regard to creating beauty along our State highways and in the development and beautification of our parks.

It is recognized that one of the most effective means of arousing the public interest in the preservation of our wild flowers, forests, and other natural landscape values, is through the education as provided by our public and private schools and institutions of higher learning.

NOW, THEREFORE, in compliance with the provisions of the laws of this State, I, Walter. W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do designate and set apart April 12, 1946 as


and. request its observance by all public schools, private schools, colleges and other institutions by the planting of trees and the adornment of the school and public grounds, and by suitable exercises, having for their objective the advancement of the study of arbor culture and promotion of the spirit of protection to birds and trees, and the cultivation of an appreciative sentiment concerning them.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of Delaware to be hereunto affixed this eighth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventieth.


By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.