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Stephen Mather's Ghost: Revisiting The Consensus For National Parks

For nearly a century, a popular story has linked the origins of the National Park Service to the genius of one man. In 1914, Stephen T. Mather, a self-made millionaire in the borax industry, visited Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. Finding both of them poorly managed he wrote Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane and complained. “Dear Steve,” Lane allegedly replied, “If you don’t like the way the national parks are being run, come on down to Washington and run them yourself.”

How You Can Help Yellowstone National Park's Bears

Much has been made of the recent decision by Yellowstone National Park officials to put down a grizzly bear that was tied to the fatal mauling and partial consumption of a hiker. Is there a way you can perhaps help another bear from being put down? Perhaps, by donating to efforts to see bear-proof boxes installed at camgrounds throughout the park.

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