Proclamation highlights benefits of outdoor recreation
TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback wants Kansans to get out and have some fun this summer. To this end, Brownback recently proclaimed June “Great Outdoors Month.” His proclamation reads as follows:

“WHEREAS, Kansas citizens have a proud tradition of both safeguarding the environment and enjoying the outdoors; and

“WHEREAS, a clean and sustainable environment contributes to our quality of life; and

“WHEREAS, outdoor recreation promotes health, fitness, and environmental awareness; and

“WHEREAS, outdoor recreation is an ideal way to exercise and enjoy memorable experiences with family and friends; and

“WHEREAS, it is up to all of us to maintain and enhance our legacy of environmental stewardship and enjoyment of the great outdoors; and

"WHEREAS, it is our duty to leave a well-tended legacy to those who will follow us;”

“Now, therefore, I, Sam Brownback, Governor of the State of Kansas, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Great Outdoors Month and June 12, 2011, as Great Outdoors Day in Kansas and urge all citizens to join in this observance by taking the time to enjoy our state’s various state parks and outdoor activities, to share them with family and friends, and to make outdoor activities a regular part of their lives.”

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offers 25 state parks, five nature centers, more than 40 state fishing lakes, and numerous wildlife areas for Kansans to enjoy and explore during the Great Outdoors Month. For more information on Kansas Department and Wildlife and Parks and outdoor opportunities, go online to