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Ken Burns visits Yosemite National Park to preview his latest film: NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA

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Date: April 24, 2009

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns visited Yosemite National Park today to preview his latest film National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Burns visited Yosemite landmarks, such as Yosemite Falls and Cooks Meadow, interacted with Yosemite Institute participants, and showed a one hour preview to Yosemite National Park employees and park partners.

Coproduced and written with Dayton Duncan, this new film was created over more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales--from Acadia to Yosemite, to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska. It traces the evolution of the national park idea from the Yosemite Grant in 1864 to the present day--a story of people from every conceivable background willing to devote themselves to saving lands they loved. The six-part, 12 hour film will air on PBS in September 2009.

Ken Burns visited Yosemite along with other national parks and cities throughout the country to preview his film and share his experiences with National Park Service employees and national park enthusiasts.

Still photos are available of Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan in Yosemite National Park by calling 209/372-0529 or by emailing Kari_Cobb@nps.gov

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