25 August 2016

The National Park Service turns 100


On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife 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"—and the National Park Service was born. Admission to all of the United States' 412 national parks will be free August 25-28, 2016. More information can be found here!

Want to learn more about the history and ecology of our national parks? Check out the books listed below; read a brief but fascinating essay by Kevin Holdsworth, author of Good Water, on the politics of creating a national park; and watch for an exciting upcoming project from Bradly Boner on America's first national park: Yellowstone National Park: Through the Lens of Timea stunning side-by-side photographic comparison of Yellowstone in 1871 and today.


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