Breaking Barriers: National Parks and Conservation

Explore these sample topics about breaking barriers while advocating for National Parks and conservation.

Featured Topics

Congresswoman Schneider and other Members of Congress planted a tree outside the U.S. Botanic Gardens in April 1989. Image courtesy of the House of Representatives Photography Office Congresswoman Schneider and other Members of Congress planted a tree outside the U.S. Botanic Gardens in April 1989.

National Parks and Reserves Records
House records about National Parks and Reserves.

The Committee on Public Lands
A historical highlight on the origins of the Committee on Public Lands.

The Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937
A historical highlight detailing the Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 and how taxes on firearms and ammunition were directed back to states to fund wildlife management.

The First Earth Day
A historical highlight describing the inaugural Earth Day celebrations.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973
A historical highlight detailing the passing of the Endangered Species Act which preserved and protected various species of plants and animals.

Oral History: Representative Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island
In her interview, Congresswoman Schneider explains her approach to politics which included an emphasis on environmentalism.

Featured Objects and Records

Representative George Miller of California
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George Miller chaired the Natural Resources Committee for four years, and his portrait was the first to depict aspects of the committee’s jurisdiction. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Nick Joe Rahall II of West Virginia
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Nick Rahall’s Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee portrait included a misty river view. As a Congressman, he had an enduring interest in wild and scenic rivers in West Virginia. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Representative John Frederick Seiberling of Ohio
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Ohio Representative John Seiberling supported ecological causes throughout his career in the House. He sponsored legislation to preserve millions of acres of public lands, wilderness, and national parks. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
John Muir Yosemite Letter 
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Acclaimed naturalist and president of the Sierra Club John Muir and his fellow club members petitioned Congress to preserve Yosemite’s boundaries when Members proposed opening it up to farming and mining in 1893. Read more about this record.
Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration