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It’s a big week for us at Xanterra. It’s Earth Week, it’s the launch of our blog, and it’s National Park week, one of the largest celebrations of our national park heritage.I like to think there are similarities to why we take time out to celebrate Earth Day and National Park Week.On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson penned the act creating the National Park Service, “which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as we will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, as a national “teach-in on the environment” to bring awareness to the deterioration of the environment, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife, Earth Day has grown from a single day to an international, sometime month long awareness of the state of the planet Earth.Both milestones established a new consciousness within our country for preservation and to call-out the need for protection of our wilderness for generations to come. As a country, we have established our park system and this remarkable time of consciousness to learn, experience and protect the environment. Our environment is facing stressors that the original conservationists and environmentalists could not even imagine today, but we have more tools at our fingertips to learn, experience and attempt to solve the problems we face.We are taking time out this week and at many of our locations to participate in different community and park-wide efforts in order to celebrate stewardship of the planet and celebrate our National Parks.At Xanterra our mission statement is simple. Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint. We know that to offer hospitality in remote locations, on adventures and on the ocean, we have to be responsible stewards of the magnificent places where we operate.Get outside, get dirty, make something better, and have some fun.When your last name is Greener, every day is Earth Day.Catherine GreenerVice President of Sustainability