“They’re yours you know?” ask the voice in the spectacular video. That’s the motto of The National Park Service (NPS) that turned 100 years on August 25.
President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law 100 years ago to create the NPS. The idea was to oversee the already-established national parks. The first one was designated in 1871, 45 years before. Nowadays, there are 412.
The mission of the NPS is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife 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.”
They employed more than 20,000 men and they also have 221,000 volunteers. In 2015, 307.2 million people visited the national parks, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if that number is surpassed in 2016.