October 1 — Yosemite National Park Created (1890)

John Muir, the father of American conservation, loved the Yosemite Valley like no other place on earth.  He wrote, “How vividly my own first journey to Yosemite comes to mind.  It was bloom-time of the year over all the lowlands and ranges of the coast; the landscape was fairly drenched with sunshine, the larks were […]

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September 30 — Hoover Dam Dedicated (1935)

Turns out that September 30 is a pretty dam important day!  Two major dam-related events occurred on this date, both relating to the availability of water and water-based energy.             The first event, on September 30, 1882, didn’t make much of a splash then and is remembered even less today.  Dams had always been used […]

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September 28 — National Public Lands Day

I’m cheating a bit with today’s entry.  Technically, in 2019, National Public Lands Day will be celebrated on September 28.   However, it doesn’t always fall on this date.  National Public Lands Day occurs on the fourth Saturday in September.  That is the 28th in 2019.             The date moves around in order to accomplish the […]

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September 26 — Johnny Appleseed Born (1774)

So you don’t believe in Paul Bunyan or Sasquatch, here’s one you can believe in:  Johnny Appleseed was a real man who roamed around planting apple trees.  And many consider him one of our earliest and most ardent conservationists. But, there is a bit more to the story than just that.             John Chapman, who […]

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September 23 — Rose Selected as U.S. National Flower (1986)

It took an act of Congress and a Proclamation by President Ronald Reagan—but, on September 23, 1986, the United States got a national flower: the rose.               Actually, the country got a “national floral emblem,” but let’s agree that a rose by whatever bureaucratic name we choose is still the national flower.  It wasn’t […]

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September 21 — Assateague Island National Seashore Created (1965)

One of the triumphs at the beginning of the modern environmental movement was the establishment of Assateague Island National Seashore.  The barriers islands of which Assateague is a part are so significant that in 1979 the United Nations designated the Assateague region as a World Biosphere Reserve (the Virginia Coast reserve).  However, it took a […]

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