Why America Needs Its National Parks More Than Ever

By Joann Pan

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America’s national parks began with a vision of peace.

On June 30, 1864, about a year after the Civil War’s deadliest battle, at Gettysburg, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, protecting for the first time—for all time—tens of thousands of acres of wilderness. By his hand, Yosemite Valley and its ancient sequoias became America’s inaugural nature preserve. Half a century later, President Wilson would create the National Park Service, which celebrated its centennial in 2016; many more lands, including Grand Canyon National Park in 1919, would come under protection in the decades that followed.

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Source:: Huffington Post Green

      

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