Gilbert Grosvenor is best known as president of the National
Geographic Society and long-time editor of the National Geographic
Magazine. A noted geographer and world traveler, Grosvenor's first
trip to the western United States was on Mather's "Big Trip" to Sequoia
National Park and the High Sierras in 1915. Affectionately called the
"Tenderfoot" by other party members, Grosvenor was so overwhelmed by the
grandeur of the High Sierras and his experience on the trip that he
became a revered and long-time friend of Mather and the national
Following his return from the "Trip," Grosvenor provided $20,000 of
National Geographic Society funds to supplement a $50,000 congressional
appropriation to buy Giant Forest and add it to Sequoia National Park.
In late 1915 and 1916, Grosvenor met with Mather, Albright, and others
to develop the substance of the NPS Organic Act. He dedicated the April
1916 issue of National Geographic Magazine to the national parks
to further promote the values of park resources to the American public.
Horace Albright ensured that every member of Congress received a copy of
the April edition as the Organic Act legislation was being
Following the establishment of the National Park Service, Grosvenor's
support and love for the Service continued. The Society's interest in
protecting the Katmai volcanic crater and Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
from mining exploitation led to the establishment of Katmai National
Monument in 1918. Over the years, articles in the magazine have
continued to educate the public to the values found in national parks
and the need to protect additional lands for future generations.