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FB78 June Outdoor Extravaganza Formatted

FB78 June Outdoor Extravaganza Formatted

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This is the June 2012 version of the Fish Busters' Bulletin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it is about all of the get outdoors events in Florida in June 2012.
This is the June 2012 version of the Fish Busters' Bulletin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it is about all of the get outdoors events in Florida in June 2012.

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Florida Fish Busters’ BulletinJune 2012
June an Outdoor Extravaganza – No Excuses Get Outdoors Florida!
By Bob Wattendorf School is out for the summer! All across Florida students are putting asidetheir studies and looking for summer fun. No wonder so many national programshighlight the fun of getting outdoors. June has the most daylight hours, and thelongest day of the year, providing plenty of opportunity for families and friends toenjoy nature and each other.In 1998, President Bill Clintonproclaimed a week in June as GreatOutdoors Week; six years later it wasextended to Great Outdoors Month.President Barack Obama issued aproclamation urging Americans to spendtime in the great outdoors and to upholdour nation’s legacy of conserving our lands for future generations. Theproclamation went on to point out numerous opportunities for families and friendsto explore, play and grow together, from hiking and wildlife watching to canoeing,hunting, fishing and playing in the neighborhood park – activities that can helpkids stay healthy, active and energized.
 A young boy enjoys getting away from school and outdoors. FWC photo.
 
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s 2012proclamation says that during “GreatOutdoors Month, we celebrate the richblessings of our state’s natural beauty andwe renew our commitment to protectingour environment so that we can leave ourchildren and grandchildren a healthy andflourishing land.” It goes on to say, “GreatOutdoors Month will encourage cooperative conservation and new technologies tohelp ensure America’s outdoors remain places where families and friends can learn,exercise, and create meaningful memories.”Great Outdoors Month highlights the health and social benefits of active funoutdoors and Florida’s tremendous shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, fishand wildlife management areas and other public lands and waters. Media attentiontriggers discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, includingconservation, volunteerism, health and outdoor ethics.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along withFlorida’s state parks and Forest Service and national forests, parks and wildliferefuges will all be participating in a variety of activities to support Great OutdoorsMonth and other specific events occurring in June.Get Outdoors Florida! will be promoting outdoor events across the state forthe month of June on its website, GetOutdoorsFlorida.org.Check it out for details.
 
Getting outdoors leads to enjoying nature,socializing with friends and a healthy lifestyle.FWC photo.
 
 By the way, the Recreational Boatingand Fishing Foundation is asking Facebookfans(Facebook.com/takemefishing)to choose the “Top Eight State Parks” in theU.S. that have fishing on them. Florida isthe only two-time winner of the NationalGold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, as well asbeing the Fishing Capital of the World, so visit your favorite state park fishing spotthen vote. You will then be eligible for weekly Bass Pro gift card giveaways as wellas the Grand Prize: an all-expense-paid vacation to its choice of one of the Top EightState Parks.June is also recognized as Recreational Fishing Month by VISIT FLORIDA,which helps promote Florida as the Fishing Capital of the World(FishingCapital.com). Events at its visitors centers will help highlight the tourism value of recreational fishing to Florida. Florida has about a million anglers comefrom out-of-state each year and they make a substantial contribution to the $7.5billion economic contribution from recreational fisheries that support nearly 80,000Florida jobs.The first week in June (June 2-10) is promoted as National Fishing andBoating Week(TakeMeFishing.org). The FWC supports this effort by providing free saltwater fishing on the first Saturday (June 2) and free freshwater fishing on the
 
Florida has a wealth of public lanes that are open to the public providing great outdoor recreational opportunities. Photo Courtesy of Lake Stone Campground.

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