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U.S. Congressional Joint Resolution Designates 1988 April 21 "John Muir Day"


100th Congress
2d Session

Senate Joint Resolution 245
To designate April 21, 1988, as "John Muir Day"
In the Senate of the United States
January 28, 1988

Whereas April 21, 1988, marks the one hundred and fiftieth birthday of the great American conservationist John Muir, heralded, worldwide for his dedication to the preservation of wilderness in this country;

Whereas generations of Americans have reveled in the wonders of Yosemite , the Grand Canyon , and other parklands set aside by past Presidents and Congresses at the urging of the Scottish-born naturalist;

Whereas a system of natural, cultural, historical, and recreational national parks which John Muir helped pioneer has grown in size to almost eighty million acres symbolizing the stewardship Americans demonstrate for their precious public resources;

Whereas John Muir was the cofounder and first president of the Sierra Club, an organization which contributes in making this Nation a leader in the global environmental movement;

Whereas the John Muir National Historic Site , in Martinez , California, one of three hundred and thirty-seven units of the National Park Service, was set aside by Congress in 1964 as a monument to the wild lands crusader and was the site from which Muir wrote books celebrating the natural beauty and wildlife of the United States, books that are still widely read and treasured by people of all ages; and

Whereas the important role of an ecologically sound environment in the quality of life for all people was proselytized by the tireless voice and pen of John Muir:

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That April 21, 1988, is designated as "John Muir day", and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Passed the Senate February 17 (legislative day, February 15, 1988)

Attest: WALTER J. STEWART, Secretary



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