Daines Resolution to Recognize the Great Outdoors Passes Senate

Resolution establishes June 2018 as “Great Outdoors Month”

U.S. SENATE – The U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, which recognizes June 2018 as national “Great Outdoors Month.”

“For Montanans, nothing beats getting outdoors for some hunting, skiing, fishing, backpacking, you name it – it’s our way of life,” said Daines. “That’s why I’m excited June is National Great Outdoors Month.”

Daines spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about what the great outdoors mean to Montana.

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Daines’ remarks as prepared are below:

“For Montanans, nothing beats getting outdoors for hunting, skiing, fishing, backpacking, snowmobiling you name it – it’s the Montana way of life

That’s why I’m excited to announce that June is National Great Outdoors Month

Montana’s outdoors have a special meaning for me…

I grew up fishing, hunting, hiking and skiing all over the great state of Montana

I proposed to my sweet wife Cindy after a hike to the top of Hyalite Peak 

During the summer I spend time backpacking in the Beartooths with our family

But in Montana – outdoor recreation isn’t just our way of life

It’s also our economy

Outdoor recreation directly supports 71 thousand Montana jobs

It generates $2.2 billion in wages and salaries – as well as $7.1 billion in consumer spending 

Folks travel across the nation and world, to come visit America’s great outdoors

But in Montana, it’s all right here, in our backyard

Hiking in Glacier, fly fishing the Gallatin, skiing in Red Lodge, or floating the Madison – we’re lucky to have all of that at our finger tips

That’s why it’s important we recognize the value of the outdoors during National Great Outdoors month

Because when you spend time outdoors – you’re not only experiencing Montana’s great outdoors, but you’re giving back to our local economy and creating jobs

I want to encourage everyone to recognize National Great Outdoors month by joining me in getting out there and experiencing all that the outdoors have to offer”