National Park Service (AZ)

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The national park concept is generally credited to the artist George Catlin, who on a trip to the Dakotas in 1832, worried about the impact of America's westward expansion on Indian civilization, wildlife, and wilderness. They might be preserved, he wrote, "by some great protecting policy of government... in a magnificent park.... A nation's park, containing man and beast, in all the wild and freshness of their nature's beauty!"

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