National Geographic : 1966 Jul
-- 11111 river or scenic highway: It spreads visitors out and enhances the feeling of wilderness. We swam in the Current and drank from the cool springs that feed it. Pure water is one of our growing Nation's greatest needs. Clean national rivers-and you can be sure we will keep them clean-will be of tremen dous value in helping to fill that need. Eventually the Nation will have many more federally protected rivers such as the Current. Some of these will be recreational river parks, others "wild rivers" open only to canoeists. Whatever category it may be found to fit, the Suwannee of Georgia and Florida, immortalized by Stephen Foster, seems to me to be one of the most attractive water-park proposals. From the quiet beauty of a timeless river, I'd like to take you next to the newest of our urban-area parks, Jefferson National Expan sion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri.* We have other parks in cities, of course: Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York, the monuments and memorials in Washing ton, D. C., and Independence National His torical Park in Philadelphia, to name a few. All have certain things in common: They are history parks, devoted to preserving and in terpreting important segments of the Ameri can story, and they lend beauty to the cities in which they are located. *See "St. Louis: New Spirit Soars in Mid-America's Proud Old City," by Robert Paul Jordan; and "So Long, St. Louis, We're Heading West," by William C. Everhart, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, November, 1965. KUUa n UML bY 0 ANi HUNY siLWAnrR C) N.U.S. Golden passports to the future: Good-for a-year automobile passes to all the national parks and recreation areas, the tickets held by Editor Grosvenor will help finance to morrow's preserves, such as the Redwood National Park proposed to Congress by President Johnson (pages 62-4). A new concept to raise money for con servation, the $7 Federal Recreation Area Entrance Permit, bought by millions of Americans, will ensure a fund to preserve now-threatened wonders. This bargain can be obtained at entrances to federal recrea tion areas and at many Government and American Automobile Association offices. Map's outlined sector shows the home of the world's tallest tree, discovered by Na tional Geographic Society naturalist Paul A. Zahl; adjoining photographs reveal recent redwood logging nearby. If action on the proposed Redwood National Park is not taken soon by Congress, it will be too late. Conferring in Society headquarters: au thor Hartzog, left, Dr. Stanley A. Cain, right, a distinguished University of Michigan sci entist now serving as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and Dr. Edward C. Crafts, Director of the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. Office walls reflect the Society's long-time interest in the Nation's heritage: The tallest tree soars sky ward, Old Faithful erupts, buffalo stream across a wintry Yellowstone; President and Mrs. Kennedy, at upper right, accept the Geographic-produced White House Guide book from Dr. Grosvenor; President John son, at center, dedicates the Society's new headquarters in 1964.