The National Park idea emerged 150 years ago during the Civil War when the nation was struggling over the moral imperative of equal rights for all, and the words of George Perkins Marsh were gaining fertile ground in the call to recognize the co-dependence of society and nature.
Frederick Billings nurtured the germ of the National Park idea when he commissioned photographer Carleton Watkins to document Yosemite Valley. Watkins' stunning photographs were sent to Washington and inspired a divided congress to join efforts in an unprecedented act to preserve an iconic landscape for all Americans. It would take another 50 years to officially establish the National Park Service.
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