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"View of the Rocky Mountains" by Thomas Moran.

The parks systems, be they small and fit into a city block, or national, and covering hundreds of acres, are the most public-facing elements of the conservation movement, which can trace its roots in America to the middle of the 19th century, with the founding of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. The National Parks Service was founded in 1916, and the state of Colorado established its first Parks Board in the 1930s. Setting aside public lands not only preserves nature, but ensures habitat for wildlife, and provides opportunities for outdoor recreation for all citizens.

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What is the Antiquities Act?

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