WHEREAS, we should be ever conscious of the need and value of conserving our natural resources; and

WHEREAS, our citizens should be encouraged to increase planting of seedling trees in order to replenish the stock harvested annually as a part of our economy; and

WHEREAS, in addition to providing an important source of revenue, our woodlands also provide the beauty and shade which adds color to our countryside and serves as shields for our birds and other wildlife; and

WHEREAS, our forefathers, in recognition of the benefits and influence of such a natural bounty, sought to communicate to their successors an understanding and appreciation of those assets by providing for the observance of one day of each year as Arbor and Bird day; and

WHEREAS, Title 1, Section 501, of the Delaware Code, as amended, provides that the last Friday in April of each year shall be proclaimed as Arbor and Bird Day:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim, Friday, April 30, 1965, as


in the State of Delaware, and urge schools and civic organizations to hold appropriate exercises on that day to stimulate mass consciousness and appreciation of the aesthetic, physical and economic value of tree and bird life.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles L. Terry, Jr., 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 sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-ninth.

CHARLES L. TERRY, JR., Governor Attest: ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State