Like many, I absolutely love watching programs related to Yellowstone National Park whether on PBS or even the new television series “Yellowstone.” There is a certain romance tied to the natural beauty of the land. Foothills, mountains, streams, forests, and grasslands come alive on the screen.
But did you know there would be no Yellowstone on Peacock or PBS if not for the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act signed into law in 1872, by President Ulysses S. Grant making it the world’s first national park?
The history of conservation and natural resource use in the U.S. is rich in tradition and leadership. Names such as Leopold, Muir, Roosevelt, Carson, Pinchot, Audubon, Marsh, Thoreau, and Stoneman Douglas are responsible for the creation of the agencies and organizations tasked to oversee our rich natural resources:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- National Park Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs