Kuiper looks out over Yellowstone. He is wearing an American flag collar.

Yellowstone National Park

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

FDR, August 5, 1934:
“There is nothing so American as our national parks…It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle.”

“It was on a famous night, 64 years ago, that a group of men who had been exploring the Yellowstone country gathered about a campfire to discuss what could be done with that wonderland of beauty. It is said that one of the party, a lawyer from the State of Montana, Cornelius Hedges, advanced the idea that the region might be preserved for all time as a national park for the benefit of all the people of the Nation.”

“As a result of that suggestion, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 by Act of Congress as a “pleasuring ground” for the people. I like that phrase because, in the years that have followed, our great series of parks in every part of the Union have become indeed a “pleasuring ground” for millions of Americans…”

“The policy to which the Service will adhere is based on 3 broad principles: 1st, that the national parks must be maintained in absolutely unimpaired form for the use of future generations as well as those of our own time; 2nd, that they are set apart for the use, observation, health and pleasure of the people; and, 3rd, that the national interest must dictate all decisions affecting public or private enterprise in the parks…”

“…when public domain is stolen, a twofold injury is done, for it is a theft of the treasure of the present and at the same time bars the road of opportunity to the future.”

American friends: As a result of the Senate’s failure to vote on re-opening the government, our national parks are in grave danger. However, YOU have the power to change that. You can find your Senators’ district office phone numbers at callyourrep.co

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