WHEREAS, the need and value of conserving our natural resources must always be foremost in our minds and hearts; and

WHEREAS, many forests are harvested annually as a part of our economy thereby making it desirable to encourage every citizen to plant trees which in turn will replenish this most necessary resource; and

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

WHEREAS, our forefathers, in recognition of the benefits and influence of such bountiful gifts showered upon the lives and fortunes of future generations, sought to communicate to their successors an understanding and appreciation of our natural 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, provided 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 Delaware, do hereby proclaim, Friday, April 29, 1966, as


in the State of Delaware, and urge schools, civic organizations and private citizens to hold appropriate exercises on that day to stimulate widespread awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic, physical and economic value of forests, wildlife and every individual tree that blesses our landscape.

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

(GREAT SEAL) 22nd day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninetieth.

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