Quick! Mark your calendars!
Text from Governor Palin's latest proclamation, urging all Alaskans to recognize the observance of Alaska Pollinator Week:
WHEREAS, pollinator species such as birds and insects are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply; and
WHEREAS, pollination plays a vital role in the health of our national forests and grasslands, which provide forage, fish, wildlife, timber, water, mineral resources, and recreational opportunities as well as enhanced economic development opportunities for communities; and
WHEREAS, pollinator species provide significant environmental benefits that are necessary for maintaining healthy, biodiverse ecosystems; and
WHEREAS, the state of Alaska has managed wildlife habitats and public lands such as state forests and grasslands for decades; and
WHEREAS, the state of Alaska provides producers with conservation assistance to promote wise conservation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats on working lands and wildlands;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim June 22-28, 2009 as:
Alaska Pollinator Week
in Alaska, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.
Prior to recognizing the bees, The Gov has issued proclamations for the following observances in June:
- Alaska Invasive Weeds Awareness Week
- Alaska Pacific University's 50 Anniversary Week
- Juneteenth Day
- Men's Health Awareness Week
- Flag Day
- Global Food Alaska Days
- Automotive Service Professionals Week
- National Trails Day
- Fishing Week
- Auburn Founders Day
- Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day
- Safety Month
- Great Outdoors Month
These proclamations are pretty standard fare - knock out a few whereas' about a historical moment, a health issue, or a career choice, and proclaim a month, week or day the period in which to recognize that thing.
Me, I feel pretty guilty about having somehow missed Automotive Service Professionals Week. And it's a good thing that I am now aware of the invasive plants in my front yard, which, in a funny irony, are currently being pollinated by the very group we will be celebrating next week. Thanks to The Gov's proclamation, I plan on recognizing June 22-28 with the liberal application of a weed whacker. But I digress. Clearly, these things must be important -- after all, they each got a whole week.
Not worthy of notice or observance, however, is Alaska Gay Pride Month or the weeklong PrideFest held in Anchorage June 13-21. Organizers of the annual Pridefest activities there sent The Gov a request for such recognition (in addition to inviting her to attend the June 20 parade and festivities in Anchorage) but have not heard back.
With a nod to Bent Alaska, which made this point within a larger article.