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National Parks

Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills

Presents the story behind the carving of Mt. Rushmore National Memorial by Gutzon Borglum, along with scenic areas of South Dakota and historical old West settlements. Here can be seen in the Black Hills of South Dakota thriving herds of buffalo, deer, antelope, burro, and even priairie dog. Explores Custer State Park, the gem-like formations of Wind Cave National Park, the colorful buttes of Badlands National Monument, Devil's Tower, Jewel Cave National Monument and more! c1985. 30 min.

National Parks: America's Best Idea

Produced by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. Originally broadcast as episodes of the television documentary on PBS in 2009. Episode One, The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California' Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land's scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir, for whom protecting the land becomes a spiritual calling.

The Greatest Good: a Forest Service Centennial Film

The story of the U.S. Forest Service is told from a wide variety of perspectives from inside and outside the Forest Service and illustrates conservation principles and their importance to our national forests. Contents: Disc 1 (124 min.): The Fight for Conservation (1864-1910) -- Building the System (1911-1940) -- Boom! (1941-1970) -- The Greatest Good?

The National Park Service: History and Mission, An Introduction

Through historic film footage and interviews with present and former directors of the National Park Service, presents the history, founding and mission of the NPS: To protect America's natural resources and historic places, to make them available to the public while also preserving them unimpaired for future generations. 1987. 35 min.

William Penn Mott, Jr. A Man For All Parks

Presents a biography of William Mott, director of the U.S. National Park Service from 1985 through 1989, highlighting his accomplishments in overseeing and preserving America's national parks. Directed by Arthur Marchetti. 200? 35 min.


Celebrates "the best of nature," in this visual tour of the animals and natural wonders of Yellowstone. 1987. 23 min.


Presents a beautifully photographed award winning film of Yosemite National Park, one of America's most popular national parks. Informative narration introduces the history, geology and geography of Yosemite while the camera captures its spectacular scenic highlights. 1985. 24 min.

Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven.

Traces the conquest of the Yosemite wilderness in 1851 and examines the sharp contrast to the Yosemite of today, a national park attracting more than 3 million visitors yearly and producing 25,000 pounds of garbage daily. Emphasis is on the impact of man on Yosemite and the conflict between preserving the area and providing access to the public. 1989. 58 min.
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