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(MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – August 2, 2007) On August 25, Mammoth Cave National Park will commemorate the establishment of the National Park Service by offering free Discovery tours to the public between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m..
The Discovery tour is a ¾-mile, self-guided tour of Mammoth Cave, through the Historic Entrance, Rotunda, Audubon Avenue, and Rafinesque Hall. Rangers are stationed along the route to explain the geology and history, and answer questions.
“It’s our Founder’s Day,” said Superintendent Patrick Reed. “That’s the day the Organic Act was signed into law, creating the National Park Service. We invite the public to enjoy the Discovery tour of Mammoth Cave free of charge as a way of celebrating the day.”
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting 35 national parks and monuments. The Organic Act states:
“…the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the national and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Today, the National Park Service manages 391 areas, covering more than 84 million acres in every state (except Delaware), the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.
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