Proclamation 5794 -- John Muir Day, 1988
the President of the
21 is the 150th Anniversary of the birth of John Muir, naturalist, explorer,
conservationist, author, champion of the American wilderness, and proponent of
national parks. This Sesquicentennial Celebration reminds us of our debt to
this native of
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John Muir understood, and helped others to see, the significance and beauty of the wilderness -- and to realize that it should be protected for future generations. The establishment of our tremendous national park system, and the practice of sound conservation policies by industry, government, and private citizens, owe much to this pioneer, who along with Robert Underwood Johnson led the fight for the creation in 1890 of what is now Yosemite National Park; who in 1903 hosted President Theodore Roosevelt in Yosemite; who wrote, ``The forests of America, however slighted by man, must have been a great delight to God; for they were the finest He ever created.''
Let all who revere America's natural heritage, and see in it a timeless treasure dependent upon our stewardship, pause on April 21 in grateful remembrance of John Muir, a man who forever expressed his credo in the words, ``In God's wildness lies the hope of the world . . .''
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 245, has designated
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of April, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
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