Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo's Communications Office
June Designated Great Outdoors Month in Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird
(502) 564-2611

June is a month when every Kentuckian’s mind turns towards getting outdoors, getting active and shaking off the sedentary ways of winter. In turn, this afternoon Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo and First Lady Jane Beshear joined Governor Beshear in issuing a proclamation declaring June Great Outdoors Month in Kentucky.

This proclamation comes on the heels of the Commonwealth’s Adventure Tourism kick-off, which seeks to encourage Kentuckians to discover the unique natural beauty in their own backyard. What’s more, Kentucky is poised to become the premier location in the United States for destination recreation, as visitors come to experience the state’s unique outdoor tourism opportunities. Whether visiting some of our thousands of miles of shoreline, one of our 53 state parks or simply watching Kentucky’s abundant wildlife, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy about the Commonwealth’s outdoors.

This proclamation also allows for an increased focus on two key issues surrounding the outdoors in Kentucky: conservation and promoting a healthier state for all.

“In order to make sure our outdoor areas and natural habitats are preserved for our children and grandchildren, immediate action must be taken. Through initiatives such as the Governor’s Green Team led by Mrs. Beshear and conservation efforts from Paducah to Prestonsburg, we will be able to maintain the innate beauty of our rivers, hills and trails across the state,” said Governor Beshear.

“Kentucky has some of the most diverse and abundant outdoor lands in the United States,” said Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo. “By encouraging Kentuckians to explore these lands, stay active and find a recreational endeavor that they enjoy, we will be using our resources to help increase physical activity and subsequently decrease numerous health problems facing us today.”

Great Outdoors Month will be highlighted by many events across the state, including multiple group hikes, bicycle rides and events at state nature preserves.