Issue 8: Summer 2001 page 5

The Arrowhead Receives a Facelift

You may have noticed something slightly different on the upper right hand corner of the front page of this newsletter. The arrowhead, authorized in 1951 as the official National Park Service emblem by the Secretary of the Interior, has a new look. Changes were made to make the symbol clearer and more recogizable, although the elements meant to symbolize the major facets of the national park system remain the same.

Here is a breakdown of the symbols within our favorite logo. The Sequoia tree and bison represent protected species of vegetation and wildlife. The mountain and lake represent the scenic and recreational sites in the system. The arrowhead itself represents parks with historical and archeological values.

Depending on the usage, as you travel through our national parks you may see different versions of the arrowhead, ranging from a flat, black and white image, like that on our front page, to a high resolution graphic which makes the arrowhead look as if it has been carved out of wood or rock.

We hope you enjoy our updated look as we traverse the new millenium together.

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