Editorial: Conservatives, too, can lay claim to the origins of the national park system

When Ferdinand V. Hayden returned from his exploration of the area that is now Yellowstone National Park, he warned President Ulysses S. Grant that “vandals who are . . . waiting to enter into this wonder-land, will in a single season despoil . . . these remarkable curiosities, which have required all the cunning skill of nature thousands of years to prepare.”

His words led to the beginning of the National Park system, and to the creation, 101 years ago today, of the National Park Service (NPS).

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