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National Parks, The Pledge Event: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)


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National Parks, The Pledge Event: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)
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Program 106 was repackaged as a stand alone pledge event.

A stubborn iconoclast fights a lonely battle on behalf of a species nearly everyone hates; America's "Last Frontier" becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea; and in unprecedented numbers, American families create unforgettable memories, passing on a love of the parks to the next generation. Following World War II, the parks are overwhelmed as visitation reaches 62 million people a year. A new billion-dollar campaign -- Mission 66 -- is created to build facilities and infrastructure that can accommodate the flood of visitors. A biologist named Alfred Murie introduces the revolutionary notion that predatory animals, which are still hunted, deserve the same protection as other wildlife. In Florida, Lancelot Jones, the grandson of a slave, refuses to sell to developers his family's property on a string of unspoiled islands in Biscayne Bay and instead sells it to the federal government to be protected as a national monument. In the late 1970s, President Jimmy Carter creates an uproar in Alaska when he sets aside 56 million acres of land for preservation - the largest expansion of protected land in history. In 1995, wolves are re-established in Yellowstone, making the world's first national park a little more like what it once was.

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Chicago: “National Parks, The Pledge Event: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980),” 11/29/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8611DEB716714080BD44E1E9367F1A37.
MLA: “National Parks, The Pledge Event: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980).” 11/29/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8611DEB716714080BD44E1E9367F1A37>.
APA: National Parks, The Pledge Event: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980). Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8611DEB716714080BD44E1E9367F1A37
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