WHEREAS, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s had a devastating impact on the people and the natural resources of our state, and the people of Oklahoma learned the importance of natural resource conservation; and
WHEREAS, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service was created in response to the Dust Bowl in 1935 as the federal agency to work with landowners to combat erosion and conserve our soil and water resources; and
WHEREAS the people of Oklahoma wish to live in harmony with the natural resources and leave a better earth for our children and grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has worked in partnership for the past 75 years with Oklahoma's Conservation Districts, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and farmers and ranchers to effectively conserve the state's natural resources; and
WHEREAS, the State of Oklahoma is indebted to the people who have worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service over the past 75 years for their contributions to improving our environment; and
WHEREAS, now is the time on this the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Natural Resources Conservation Service to recognize the positive impact of this agency on the State of Oklahoma;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Brad Henry, Governor of the State of Oklahoma do hereby proclaim April 19, 2010, as
"Natural Resources Conservation Service Day"
in the State of Oklahoma in honor of the 75th anniversary of the agency and urge all citizens to celebrate this special day by reflecting on ways that together we can all contribute to a healthy environment and effectively conserve our natural resources for generations to come.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and causes the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma to be affixed.
Done at the Capitol, in the City of Oklahoma City, this twelfth day of April in the Year of Our Lord two thousand and ten, and of the State of Oklahoma in the one hundred second year.
Brad Henry, Governor