COLCHESTER, VT - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, in partnership with Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers, has officially declared September 22nd as Vermont Hunting and Fishing Day.
In his Executive Proclamation, Governor Shumlin asserted that Vermont Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes "that all Vermont children deserve the opportunity to discover & connect with their natural world, play & learn outdoors, splash & swim in the water, camp under the stars, follow a trail, catch a fish, watch wildlife, enjoy wild game meat, explore wild places close to home, celebrate their culture & heritage, and share nature with a great mentor or teacher."
"Instilling the values associated with an outdoor lifestyle is essential for the future of our youth and our state," said Ehlers. "The skills, stewardship, and lessons learned outside will play a key role throughout their entire personal and professional life."
Vermont offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for those who value the outdoors. Access to great hunting is easy on any of the over 800,000 acres of federal and state public land of the state wildlife management areas, state forests, state parks, national wildlife refuges, and in the Green Mountain National Forest. Anglers enjoy 33 species of sportfish in over 800 lakes and along more than 7000 miles of rivers and brooks.
Shumlin continued, "The State of Vermont is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to connect with nature at an early age and build upon that connection throughout their developing years. Now, therefore, I, Peter Shumlin, Governor, do hereby proclaim September 22, 2012, as Hunting and Fishing Day in Vermont."
"Thank you, Governor Shumlin and the State of Vermont, for recognizing the importance of hunting and fishing to our heritage and the special quality of life we enjoy as Vermonters," concluded Ehlers. "Lake Champlain International remains committed to connecting Vermont's children and their families with our environment and fostering their stewardship of the landscape that is so important to our present and future well-being."