A Proclamation

WHEREAS, the unique beauty and diversity of our native trees provide a powerful impression to visitors, and lifelong memories for residents; and

WHEREAS, Mississippi’s forest resource promotes economic development, supplies jobs, protects the environment, and provides abundant opportunities for recreation; and

WHEREAS, our urban forests increase property values, mitigate the effects of pollution, provide for serenity and relaxation, beautify the landscape, and reduce energy consumption by shading and cooling our dwellings and businesses; and

WHEREAS, trees make our quality of life so special and have the power to reduce stress and help people heal:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, do hereby proclaim February 13th, 2004 as

ARBOR DAY

in the State of Mississippi, AND I DO FURTHER PROCLAIM the period of time from February 13th through February 20th, 2004 as

TREE PLANTING WEEK

in the State of Mississippi and urge all citizens to plant a tree.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Jackson, on the fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.

HALEY BARBOUR
GOVERNOR



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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741