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In Laurance's Words - Countdown: 1 Day

August 24, 2012 Posted by: KG

Throughout our celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Parkway, we have retold many stories of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donating land and money to conservation, specifically within the park service. However, large donations of money are only good when they have a purpose and meaning behind them. JDR, Jr. had an eye for how he could make his money work, both for himself and for the greater public.

In 1924 he and his family toured many western parks. He was especially impressed with the museums and the rangers that interpreted the landscape for all ages of visitors. He saw this as a way for people to connect with nature, understand it, and hopefully want to protect it.

Mr. Rockefeller's vision of protected places included areas for recreation, contemplation, and inspiration. Here in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway we are so grateful for his vision, generosity, and belief in our mission.

Ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway August 25, 1972 (NPS Photo)
Ribbon cutting ceremoney dedicating the
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway -
Laurance S. Rockefeller at center, wife Mary on his right
NPS Photo

At the dedication ceremony for the park service unit named for his father, Laurance S. Rockefeller remembered him with these words:

"Father's greatest gift was not his generous donation of land, but rather his vision that people could live in harmony with nature."

-KG

Did You Know?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.