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Natural Resources Day in Oregon
Katy Coba remarks
Governor issues proclamation recognizing Natural Resources Day in Oregon
April 19, 2011:  Director Coba speaks on the steps of the State Capitol in celebration of Natural Resources Day as proclaimed by Governor Kitzhaber:
 
If you had promised it was going to be sunshiny today, we should have scheduled this about a month ago. I'm going to take a moment and read proclamation from the governor about Natural Resources Day. He couldn't be here today. We invited him but he's actually in Portland today. So I'm going to read this on his behalf:

Whereas Oregon's forests built the West in the 1800s and continue to sustainably supply wood products and fiber to a growing word and;
 
Whereas Oregon has over 1100 family farms that have operated in the same family and the same location for over 100 years, with nearly 40 being more than 150 years old and;
 
Whereas Oregon's fertile farmland and other natural resources have allowed Oregonians to build one of the most diversified, vibrant, and forward-looking agricultural communities in the world and;
 
Whereas forestry and agricultural enterprises contribute over $38 billion and more than 271,000 jobs to Oregon's economy, nearing 25% of all economic activity in the state and;
 
Whereas Oregon is a world leader in care for the environment and finding economically viable pathways to sustainability in the use of all its resources;
 
Now, therefore, I, John Kitzhaber, MD, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim April 19, 2011 to be Natural Resources Day.

Give yourselves a hand.

Natural resources in this state are such an incredible part of our economy and, as the first part of this proclamation pointed out, it is an incredible part of our history and our culture. While we have struggled through tough times in the past and we will in the future, I'm so convinced that Oregon's natural resource industries are going to continue to grow and thrive, and not just survive, but also be more and more an important part of Oregon's economy.

We can't do it without you. We can't do it without the farmers and ranchers, foresters, and fishermen who care for our land, who care for our animals, and take care of our resources. So I would just encourage you to continue to do the wonderful things that you do out on the ground. Thank you for coming to the Capitol today. You would not believe how much of a difference it does make when you are present in this building. And let's look forward to another, for family farms, 150 years and, for forests, indefinitely into the future. Thank you.