President Joe Biden proclaims Saturday, September 24, 2022 National Public Lands Day

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September 24, 2022 – Proclamation by President Joe Biden on National Public Lands Day 2022.

On National Public Lands Day, we give thanks for the precious public lands that are the birthright of every American and at the heart of our national pride. From national parks to monuments, conservation areas, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, reservoirs and lakes, these lands offer endless opportunities for adventure, education and respite. . These are the ancestral lands of tribal nations and indigenous peoples – sacred sites with a rich heritage. They support the outdoor recreation industry and strengthen our economy. They protect biodiversity, help mitigate climate change and make communities more resilient to extreme weather events and natural disasters. On this day, we acknowledge our responsibility to make our public lands accessible to all Americans and pledge to conserve these spaces for generations to come.

Since 1994, volunteers across the country have come together on this day to perform acts of service and help protect public lands. From the Colorado River to the Upper National Forest, participants clean up waterways, maintain trails, reforest lands and discover the value of conservation. The theme for this year’s National Public Lands Day is “Giving Back Together”, a recognition of the many ways in which public lands enrich our lives and a reminder of the power they have to unite us around a common appreciation of the world. natural. I encourage everyone to visit and search for volunteer opportunities near you.

My administration is committed to helping protect and restore America’s cherished public lands. Through our Cut Inflation Act and historic funding from Congress, we will fight the climate crisis by investing in clean energy, securing funding for climate-friendly jobs, building resilience to forest and fighting against deforestation. We will redouble our efforts to protect ancient forests, restore the boundaries of treasured monuments and reaffirm the protection of wildlife. Through the Civilian Climate Corps, we hope to put Americans to work to conserve our country’s public lands. And with our America the Beautiful initiative, my administration is working with state, local, and tribal governments, as well as private landowners, to voluntarily conserve 30 percent of our nation’s land and water by 2030.

Additionally, we strive to ensure that our public lands – the heart of our nation’s heritage – tell the full story of America and remain accessible to all Americans. This is why I signed the Amache National Historic Site Act to recognize the unjust incarceration of thousands of civilians of Japanese ancestry at Amache during World War II. I have restored the protections of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments to safeguard the ancestral lands of tribal nations, preserve vital cultural and archaeological artifacts, and honor the history of those who have managed these lands since time immemorial. Public lands reflect our past and create opportunities for remembrance and healing for the future. It is essential that we continue to make public lands accessible to all Americans so that everyone can enjoy and derive meaning from their splendor and the stories they tell.

Today, federally-run public lands will offer free admission to all visitors, and I encourage Americans to explore these places. I also invite everyone to express their gratitude to the dedicated staff and volunteers who work hard to preserve our public lands and safeguard these national treasures for all Americans to enjoy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the September 24, 2022 as National Public Lands Day. I invite all Americans to join me in a day of service for our public lands.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this twenty-third day of September of the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seven.

Source: White House Office

Related: Celebrate National Public Lands Day at All National Parks Including Yosemite on Saturday, September 24 – Highlights Include Free Admission, Special Events and Volunteer Activities

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