Happy Birthday to the National Park Service


Yellowstone in Winter

August 25h marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS). Historian Wallace Stegner said national parks are “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” From Yellowstone to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon to the New River Gorge, our national parks represent one of the great accomplishments in our history.

Just looking at the names of some of our parks, you can see the history, diversity, and grandeur of this collection of national treasures: Gullah/Geechee.  Chickamauga. The Great Smoky Mountains. Shiloh. Devils Tower. Mount Rushmore. Zion. The list goes on and on. Including National Parks, Military Parks and National Monuments, the number is over 400. Virtually every American is near or a short drive away from a national park site. I grew up near the New…

View original post 583 more words

Comments are closed.