The Book of the National Parks cover

The Book of the National Parks

Robert Sterling Yard (1861-1945)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - On the Appreciation of Scenery
3. 02 - The National Parks of the United States
4. 03 - The Granite National Parks - Granite's Part in Scenery
5. 04 - Yosemite, The Incomparable
6. 05 - Yosemite, The Incomparable, continued
7. 06 - The Proposed Roosevelt National Park
8. 07 - The Heart of the Rockies
9. 08 - McKinley, Giant of Giants
10. 09 - Lafayette and the East
11. 10 - The Volcanic National Parks - On the Volcano in Scenery
12. 11 - Lassen Peak and Mount Katmai
13. 12 - Mount Rainier, Icy Octopus
14. 13 - Mount Rainier, Icy Octopus, continued
15. 14 - Crater Lake's Bowl of Indigo
16. 15 - Yellowstone, A Volcanic Interlude
17. 16 - Yellowstone, A Volcanic Interlude, continued
18. 17 - Three Monsters of Hawaii
19. 18 - The Sedimentary National Parks - On Sedimentary Rock in Scenery
20. 19 - Glaciered Peaks and Painted Shales
21. 20 - Glaciered Peaks and Painted Shales, continued
22. 21 - Rock Records of a Vanished Race
23. 22 - The Healing Waters
24. 23 - The Grand Canyon and Our National Monuments - On the Scenery of the Southwest
25. 24 - A Pageant of Creation
26. 25 - A Pageant of Creation. continued
27. 26 - Rainbow of the Desert
28. 27 - Historic Monuments of the Southwest
29. 28 - Desert Spectacles
30. 29 - The Muir Woods and Other National Monuments

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Robert Sterling Yard (February 1, 1861 – May 17, 1945) was an American writer, journalist, and wilderness activist. Born in Haverstraw, New York, Yard graduated from Princeton University and spent the first twenty years of his career in the editing and publishing business. In 1915, he was recruited by his friend Stephen Mather to help publicize the need for an independent national park agency. Their numerous publications were part of a movement that resulted in legislative support for a National Park Service (NPS) in 1916. Yard worked to promote the national parks as well as educate Americans about their use. Creating high standards based on aesthetic ideals for park selection, he also opposed commercialism and industrialization of what he called "America's masterpieces". In 1935, he became one of the eight founding members of The Wilderness Society and acted as its first president from 1937 until his death eight years later. Yard is now considered an important figure in the modern wilderness movement.In the preface to this book, published in 1919, he writes, "In offering the American public a carefully studied outline of its national park system, I have two principal objects. The one is to describe and differentiate the national parks in a manner which will enable the reader to appreciate their importance, scope, meaning, beauty, manifold uses and enormous value to individual and nation. The other is to use these parks, in which Nature is writing in large plain lines the story of America's making, as examples illustrating the several kinds of scenery, and what each kind means in terms of world building; in other words, to translate the practical findings of science into unscientific phrase for the reader's increased profit and pleasure, not only in his national parks but in all other scenic places great and small."