National Parks: America's Best Idea
"Great Nature (1933-1945)"
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members during the Great Depression work on major renovation projects in the parks. NPS biologist George Melendez Wright pushes to reform wildlife policies. Congress narrowly approves Everglades National Park. During World War II, Roosevelt is pressured to open the parks to mining, grazing and lumbering. The president also is subjected to a storm of criticism for expanding Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming by accepting a gift of land from John D. Rockefeller Jr. Part 5 of 6G