A Proclamation on Nationwide Wilderness Month, 2022

August 31, 2022

     From the peaks of the Sierras to the rolling foothills of the Alleghenies, our Nation’s wilderness boasts nationwide treasures that present alternatives for discovery, marvel, and serenity.  They’re additionally the present and ancestral homelands of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples, a lot of whom have deep cultural, historic, and religious connections to those locations.  Throughout Nationwide Wilderness Month, allow us to categorical gratitude for lands and waters that stay of their pure situation, acknowledge the significance of constructing public lands accessible to all Individuals, and rededicate ourselves to conserving and defending the earth for future generations.
     When designated wilderness areas are left intact, they defend us towards local weather change, hold us resilient when pure disasters strike, and create a refuge for biodiversity.  Our Nation’s forests offset 10 % of our greenhouse gasoline (GHG) emissions yearly.  Native grasslands, wetlands, and different wholesome soils retain water at quicker charges, defending us towards flooding and providing drought aid for surrounding vegetation.  Owing to the fantastic thing about these locations — and maybe anticipating their environmental significance — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into regulation the 1964 Wilderness Act and created the Nationwide Wilderness Preservation System.  Within the years since, the Congress has designated over 800 wilderness areas comprising greater than 111 million acres of land.
     Nonetheless, America’s pure areas are in peril.  Excessive wildfires threaten to destroy our woodlands.  Rising tides imperil our coastlines.  Runoff from poisonous chemical compounds pollutes our rivers and endangers species.  Even when designated wilderness areas seem protected from hurt for now, the unpredictable nature of local weather change and biodiversity loss looms over our total Nation.
     In response, my Administration has set bold objectives to reduce our GHG emissions and chart a brand new course with clear vitality.  We pledged to cut back emissions by as much as 52 % by 2030, obtain one hundred pc carbon pollution-free electrical energy by 2035, and create an economic system with net-zero emissions by 2050.  We set the first-ever nationwide conservation objective by way of the America the Stunning Initiative to voluntarily preserve not less than 30 % of lands and waters in the USA by 2030.  We’re funding ecosystem restoration and reforestation efforts with billions of {dollars} from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation and thru the America the Stunning Problem, which merges Federal investments with non-public and philanthropic donations to spice up conservation.  We’re making strategic investments by way of the Nice American Outdoor Act to preserve at-risk lands, together with crucial habitats and migration corridors.  On Earth Day, I signed an Govt Order to strengthen our Nation’s, and the world’s, vitally vital forests.
     As we mirror upon the work that continues to be earlier than us, we should acknowledge that not all Individuals share equal entry to public lands.  I stay dedicated to making sure that everybody can profit from the pure magnificence and bountiful presents of our wild areas.  I additionally stay dedicated to making sure that Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities can proceed sustainably utilizing and connecting with their sacred lands.  My Administration will honor these whose ancestors stewarded these lands since time immemorial.
     This Nationwide Wilderness Month, we give thanks for the magnificent magnificence that surrounds us, supply our gratitude to the women and men who keep our public lands, and affirm our responsibility to safeguard designated wilderness areas and pure areas throughout our world.
     NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the USA of America, by advantage of the authority vested in me by the Structure and the legal guidelines of the USA, do hereby proclaim September 2022 as Nationwide Wilderness Month.  I encourage all Individuals to expertise our Nation’s out of doors heritage, to recreate responsibly and to go away no hint, to rejoice the worth of preserving an everlasting wilderness, and to strengthen our dedication to defending these very important lands and waters now and for future generations.
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I’ve hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, within the 12 months of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 2 hundred and forty-seventh.

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                             JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.