Life in the USA: National Parks
National Parks in the USA are custodians of American historical sites and landmarks, which amount is constantly grows.
National Parks are managed by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), to those belongs the a network of scenic and historic sites, like Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and the Ford theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865.
The first American National Park – Yellowstone Park was created in 1872 by president Ulysses S. Grant. Later president Woodrow Wilson created the Park Service to oversee the rapidly growing system of recreational parks, preserves, historic monuments, battlefields and other sites of national significance.
Some of the richest and worldly known treasures are much older than the nation and country itself. Among these are Mesa Verde in Colorado, Canyon de Chelly in Arizona and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Mesa Verde is renowned for its Anasazi cliff dwellings that date to about A.D. 1200. Canyon de Chelly, located within Navajo tribal lands, houses ancient ruins while sustaining a living community of Navajo people. Chaco Canyon was a major cultural center for the ancient Pueblos from A.D. 900 to 1150.
The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) actively collaborates with foreign representations and maintains ties with sister agencies across the globe.
The NPS directs nearly 400 national parks, which are visited by 275 million people annually, and more than 3,000 historic and natural landmarks. Part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Park Service also helps sustain threatened and endangered plant and animal species throughout the park system.