One of my favorite parts about working for the National Park Service is reading the Morning Report and the Daily Almanac on the employee intranet. On the Daily Almanac, there’s always a quote about the parks, from NPS employees, politicians or historians, and the quote today really hit me close to home. It’s from Enos Mills, one of the founders of Rocky Mountain National Park. Obviously, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of my favorite places (RMNPaula) in Colorado and maybe the world. Even though I work for the parks from a management and business vantage, this quote reminded me exactly why I believe so strongly in what the National Park Service does for our country. I couldn’t have said it better Enos.
“Parks are first-aid – also prevention. They prevent more law-breaking than policemen; cure more than physicians, give more ideas than sermons; more development than schools. The pace and pressure of modern life, its daily duties and examinations, require that everyone must be steadily refreshed, and for this sustaining and ever-invoking refreshment nature is a perennial, cheering source. Nature takes mind and body and puts them at their best. Here one comes to know himself and to be the self he would like to be. Nature is the lifesaver of the race; the great out-of-doors is the lifesaving station of the nation. Probably the best way to delay death, the best medicine to lengthen life, is to take to the woods. This life-sustaining prescription is most effective as a preventive and should be regularly used. Like a sermon, it should be taken once in a while whether needed or not. It is Mother Nature’s cure-all, and there are no substitutes just as good…”