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National Park’s 100th Anniversary

To numerous, totally dedicated conservationists, trees clear the air, conserve top soil, protect our water supplies, help slow climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide.

Additionally, they cool our neighborhoods and shelter our homes so we use less energy. Trees add value to our homes and to our lives. Forests provide habitat for millions of species that are integral parts of the ecosystems of our planet.

Equally important is the way youngsters who are initially introduced to the wonders of our national parks and woodlands in general react.

“That was fun. We didn’t know we would like nature so much,” is a common observation echoed by students returning from their bus trip to one or more of our national parks.

“All the animals and birds I saw were really cool. When I finish high school and college, I want to work for the park service in the best ways I can,” was another response the future heirs to our natural resources legacy.

Now that the first 100 years have been reached and more and more citizens, both youths and adults have been directly introduced to our nation’s most valued treasures the future of the enormous responsibilities given to every American citizen will definitely become significantly more secure.

ANTHONY BISCOTTI

Amsterdam