RT Video/DVD DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 449240049 LA English or Spanish dialogue; optional English or Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned; optional audio descriptions for the visually impaired. T1 The national parks : America's best idea. Episode one, Episode one, A1 Duncan, Dayton., Burns, Ken,, Coyote, Peter., Stetson, Lee., Arkin, Adam., Bosco, Philip., Conway, Kevin., Hanks, Tom., Lucas, Josh., McCormick, Carolyn., Bodett, Tom., Clark, Tim., Guyer, Murphy., Jones, Gene., Madigan, Amy., Wallach, Eli,, Muir, John,, Florentine Films., WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.), Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), PBS Home Video., PBS Distribution (Firm), National Parks Film Project, LLC. (Firm), PB PBS Home Video : Distributed by PBS Distribution PP [Arlington, Va.] YR 2009 SN 9781415749517 1415749515 AB 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. In 1864, Congress passes an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development for "public use, resort and recreation" the first time in world history that any government has put forth this idea and hands control of the land to California. Meanwhile, a "wonderland" in the northwest corner of the Wyoming territory attracts visitors to its bizarre landscape of geysers, mud pots and sulfur pits. In 1872, Congress passes an act to protect this land as well. Since it is located in a territory, rather than a state, it becomes America' first national park: Yellowstone.