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Joan Moody
For Release at Will: June 23, 2003

U.S. Conference of Mayors Supports Take Pride in America

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has passed a resolution supporting Take Pride in America, a national partnership program that encourages volunteerism on America's public lands. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton launched Take Pride in America at the National Press Club on April 16, 2003. Part of President Bush's USA Freedom Corps, it is supported by more than 100 charter members and a number of governors. The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed the following resolution on June 7, 2003 at their 71st annual meeting in Denver. For more information, see

WHEREAS, President George W. Bush has called for an American culture of service to others, and created the USA Freedom Corps; and
WHEREAS, public areas throughout the United States, such as national parks, local playgrounds and other natural areas are in desperate need of upkeep and repair; and
WHEREAS, the Take Pride in America program is an initiative by the Department of Interior to promote public-private partnerships to encourage volunteerism to help clean up America's lands; and
WHEREAS, Take Pride in America will create opportunities for Americans from around the country to restore and repair America's natural splendors and recreation areas, and
WHEREAS, Take Pride in America encourages members of all sectors of society, from corporations, to businessmen and women, to teenage volunteers to get involved in restoring the splendor of nature in America; and

WHEREAS, recognition from the Department of the Interior and the President of the United States will be given to those individuals and organizations that give exemplary service,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors affirms its support for the Take Pride in America program in preserving and restoring public lands throughout the United States.


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