WHEREAS, the Dog River waterway is a precious resource, providing significant environmental, recreational and economic benefits to residents; and
WHEREAS, citizens and visitors desire safe, diverse trails, such as those found in and around the waters of Dog River, where they can enjoy historic, natural and scenic wonders; and
WHEREAS, government entities have the responsibility to improve the quality of life for their constituents and the authority to establish recreation and personal fitness facilities; and
WHEREAS, the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program is helping communities to establish connectivity to the Southeast Coast Paddling Trail, as part of the nationwide Blueway network, of which Dog River Scenic Blueway is included; and
WHEREAS, the Dog River Scenic Blueway connects into the nationwide network of blueways from across Mobile Bay to the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail; and
WHEREAS, a unified, non-motorized trail system, including both land-based and water-based trails, promotes healthy lifestyles, environmental consciousness, community building and an improved quality of life for people of all ages; and
WHEREAS, millions of citizens experience the joys of paddling through the Golf Coast year round; and
WHEREAS, the Dog River Scenic Blueway has the potential to attract thousands of paddlers each year from all 50 states and from across the globe, providing economic, health and scenic benefits to citizens of Alabama and the world; and
WHEREAS, paddling activities and attractions have great potential to have a positive impact on Alabama’s economy and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making the state attractive to businesses and citizens who enjoy the outdoors and healthy lifestyles; and
WHEREAS, National Trail Day recognizes the essential role of healthy trails in the lives of healthy people:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2011, as the official designation of the
Dog River Scenic Blueway
in the State of Alabama.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 5th day of April 2011.
Governor Robert Bentley
Provided by the Office of the Governor of Alabama | governor.alabama.gov