Happy 100th birthday, America's National Park Service

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Looking across lake toward mountains, "Evening, McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park," Montana

credit: Ansel Adams/ Looking across lake toward mountains, "Evening, McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park," Montana

Lloyd Alter

Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)
Living / Travel
August 25, 2016

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The National Park Service is 100 years old today. National parks came earlier; Yellowstone National Park was created in 1872. The NPS explains:

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established...

"the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations… which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

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