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In this spirit, we have designed our WOODCHUCK gift cards to feature United States National Parks and the American heroes that shaped them. While the parks are iconic and widely known, not everyone may recognize these historic figures. We've taken it upon ourselves to create this hall of fame and share their stories. Read on.
Stephen Mather (1867–1930)
Stephen Mather was the first director of the National Park Service. He used his wealth and political connections to take the national park idea in important new directions.
John Muir (1838–1914)
John Muir was one of the earliest advocates of the national park idea, and its most eloquent spokesman.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945)
Like his famous older cousin Theodore, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became an energetic park supporter as president. In the midst of the Depression, national parks were dramatically improved by Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
After his inauguration as president of the United States in 1901 – following the assassination of William McKinley – Roosevelt became an even greater champion of conservation. In 1903, he interrupted a national speaking tour to spend two weeks camping in Yellowstone National Park; visited the Grand Canyon and called for its protection; then went to Yosemite, where he and John Muir slept out under the stars for three nights while Muir urged him to make Yosemite Valley part of a larger Yosemite National Park.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874–1960)
Rockefeller purchased land and donated money ($45 million by some estimates) to create or expand Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton, Yosemite and Shenandoah National Parks, and contributed to many other park activities such as the creation of museums.
Horace Albright (1890–1987)
Albright, as much as his boss and mentor Stephen Mather, was responsible for molding the national parks into a unified system after the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. Many policies initiated by Albright, such as historic preservation, are still being practiced in the parks.
To learn more about the history of United States National Parks, visit PBS.org
"People Overview." PBS.org. Washington, DC and The National Parks Film Project, LLC., 2009. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.