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H.C.R. 7







Chief Sponsor: Jack R. Draxler

Senate Sponsor: Patricia W. Jones

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor supports increased
             12      participation by children in outdoor activities and supports policies that promote
             13      outdoor activities for children.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    expresses support for increased participation by children in outdoor activities and
             17      supports policies that promote outdoor activities for Utah's children.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             22          WHEREAS, Utah is home to a wealth of high quality and beautiful natural resources
             23      that offer a wide range of incomparable lands for recreational opportunities for all Utah
             24      residents;
             25          WHEREAS, Utah's national and state parks, national forests, range lands, rivers, lakes,
             26      and deserts provide areas to walk, hunt, fish, kayak, raft, climb, ski, bike, run, and snowmobile;
             27          WHEREAS, over the past decade participation in outdoor pursuits and activities has

             28      been on the decline;
             29          WHEREAS, participation in these activities is a major contributor to Utah's economy;
             30          WHEREAS, there are also concerns that many of our younger generation are becoming
             31      disconnected from nature;
             32          WHEREAS, youth are shunning the great outdoors in favor of sedentary activities such
             33      as video games, television, the Internet, and movies;
             34          WHEREAS, numerous studies have shown that there are many health, physical,
             35      emotional, and educational benefits to playing in and experiencing Utah's outdoors;
             36          WHEREAS, outdoor experiences are critical components to the development of the
             37      next generation of Utah's conservation stewards and recreationists;
             38          WHEREAS, childhood obesity rates in Utah and the nation are epidemic and outdoor
             39      activities can be an effective means to combating this major health concern;
             40          WHEREAS, Utahns should work together to help create a healthy environment that
             41      will not threaten outdoor activities through effective policy and public awareness;
             42          WHEREAS, every child in Utah should have the opportunity to visit a national park, sit
             43      beneath a tree that is at least 100 years old, boat a river, climb a mountain, cook dinner over a
             44      campfire, go fishing, hike a trail, plant a native flower, shrub, or tree, listen to a spring bird
             45      song or chorus of frogs, gaze at the stars, and follow animal tracks in the snow; and
             46          WHEREAS, it is through these and many other activities that Utahns can feel and pass
             47      on to the next generation a connection with nature that refreshes the body, mind, and soul for
             48      facing life's challenges and opportunities:
             49          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             50      Governor concurring therein, express support for increased participation by children in outdoor
             51      activities and support policies that promote outdoor activities for Utah's children.
             52          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah
             53      Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the Utah
             54      State Office of Education, the Utah Department of Health, the Utah League of Cities and
             55      Towns, and the Utah Association of Counties.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-7-11 1:10 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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