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PROCLAMATION 6496—OCT. 20, 1992 107 STAT. 2565 1990, scientists located the gene associated with NFl and have been working since to decipher its faulty message—a task that is crucial to finding a cure. Similarly, scientists are drawing closer to locating the gene associated with NF2 and, with each step, hope to design better detection and treatment strategies. Investigators are also exploring the possibility that the genes responsible for nem'ofibromatosis may play an important role in several common forms of cancer, and scientists hope to study the anatomical and biological characteristics of the disease in a newly identified animal model. The biomedical research community has taken significant strides toward solving the mystery of neurofibromatosis, and the 1990s, which I have proclaimed as the "Decade of the Brain," hold the promise of even greater advances in the near future. Achieving them is a goal shared by private volimtary health organizations such as the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation and Neurofibromatosis, hicorporated, and by the Federal Government's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, as well as other components of the National Institutes of Health, including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. In order to enhance public awareness of neurofibromatosis, the Congress, by House Joint Resolution 422, has designated the month of November 1992 as "National Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month" and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 1992 as National Neiu-ofibromatosis Awareness Month. I invite all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety- two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventeenth. GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6496 of October 20, 1992 National Forest Products Week, 1992 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation From our magnificent National Forests, which cover some 212 million acres of land in the United States, to our thriving State and local parks, industrial timberlands, and privately owned woodlots, America's forests constitute one of this country's greatest treasures. All Americans share a responsibility to protect oui Nation's forests, and during National Forest Products Week, we renew our commitment to responsible management of these precious tracts of land. As a vital part of our planet's ecosystem, our forests provide food and habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. These rich tracts of land also provide essential raw materials for building and other uses, and