The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Season 1 Episode 6

The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Oct 02, 2009 on PBS
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As the parks enter the current era, they embrace modern principles of environmentalism rather than the simple preservation of scenic localities. At the same time, a booming post-war nation makes use of the National Parks in staggering numbers - placing more stress on the growing system than ever before.moreless
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      • When the Carter administration assigned 47 million acres of Alaskan land to National Monuments or Parks, the total area of the National Park system more than doubled its size.

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      • Narrator: All across the United States, the same thing was happening in other parks - straining the system. Nationwide, annual attendance would climb from a war-time low of 6.8 million visitors in 1943 to nearly 32 million by 1950.

      • Terry Tempest Williams (writer): (describing Adolph Murie's role in understanding wolves in park ecosystems) I often think that if we were to send for a representative of our species to meet with the animals, we would send "Ade." Because he's a man who knows how to listen. He was a man who understood stillness. And more than anything, his curiosity and his extraordinary sense of science opened up the landscape in a new way. He saw the land as a set of relationships. Nothing in isolation. Everything connected.

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      • Because of the typical lack of an advertising budget, Ken Burns spend well over 200 days in 2009 promoting this series in markets across the United States.

      • The documentary production crew at Alaska's Denali National Park was restricted to the same solitary and mostly unpaved road that all tourists must use to access the extremely remote region.

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