Environment: The Parks for People

It was a mammoth centennial celebration and the party was appropriately planned. There was a huge barbecue, with burgers, beer and cooks in ten-gallon hats. The backdrop could not have been grander—Yellowstone National Park's majestic peaks and verdant valleys. Yet as night fell and the ceremony continued, sleet swept over the assembled dignitaries. Interior Secretary Rogers Morton talked on (and on). Numbed with cold, Montana's Bozeman High School band packed up their instruments. Finally, wearing a brave, frozen smile, Mrs. Richard Nixon held aloft a symbolic torch, and the U.S.'s national park system...

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