“It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals — not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening.”
– Teddy Roosevelt, President of the United States
One year ago, we announced the start of a new series aimed at revisiting what legendary documentarian Ken Burns has called “America’s Best Idea.” Today, as the National Park Service celebrates its one hundred and first birthday, we are sadly concluding that series. While its hundredth year of existence has undoubtedly been more turbulent than we would have thought just a year ago; in the face of adversity, the National Parks Service still faithfully stands watch over our nation’s greatest treasures. We hope this series has brought you a greater understanding, and perhaps even a greater appreciation, of our dearest national treasures and their caretakers.
Below is a complete list of the articles in the series, we hope you will revisit your favorites, or catch up on the ones you may have missed. Thank you again for joining us on this project, it has been a true pleasure.
- Revisiting America’s Best Idea
- RABI: The History of the National Park Service
- RABI: National Parks as Policy
- RABI: The Public Lands Debate
- RABI: Obama’s Park Legacy
- RABI: Meet the Next Interior Secretary
- RABI: Access vs. Preservation
- RABI: Privatizing the Parks?!?!
- RABI: Why it’s Time for a Backpack Tax
- RABI: Six Easy Things You Can Do to Help Save the Parks