Happy 97th Birthday to the National Park Service

On August 25th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act which created a new agency within the Department of the Interior called the National Park Service.  At this point, the Department of the Interior was struggling to manage 14 national parks and 21 national monuments.  The task was becoming too daunting and thus a the new agency was created with the sole responsibility:

“to conserve the scenery and the natural 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.”

In honor of the National Park Service’s birthday, I decided to write a short post about the first director of the National Park Service: Stephen T. Mather.

Portrait of Stephen T. Mather from 1916

Continue reading