Preserving Nature in the National Parks
A History
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Top: A U.S. Army machine-gun platoon drills in front of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company's Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, in Yellowstone National Park, circa 1890s. Beginning in the late nineteenth century the army managed several national parks, overseeing road, trail, and hotel construction and initiating policies for the protection and management of natural resources. Bottom: National park rangers, circa early 1930s. Created in 1916, the National Park Service adopted army-style uniforms. It also continued park management practices inherited from the army era; the legislation creating the Park Service brought no substantive changes to natural resource management policies. (National Park Service Historic Photograph Collections, Harpers Ferry Center.)


Preserving Nature in the National Parks
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