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U.S. Forest Service

As part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, Verizon partnered with the National Forest Foundation to thank individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to protecting America’s National Forests—the U.S. Forest Service personnel.

As the effects of climate change exacerbate wildfires and the impacts of COVID-19 spur an unprecedented increase in visitations, Forest Service staff continue to selflessly work and often put their lives in danger to ensure these public lands thrive now and for many generations to come.

In addition to sharing messages of support, encouragement, and thanks from Verizon’s employees, Verizon’s generous grant will plant 100,000 trees on National Forest lands. These native trees will help provide fresh air, clean water, and remove carbon from the environment.

As part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, Verizon partnered with the National Forest Foundation to thank individuals who have dedicated their professional careers to protecting America’s National Forests—the U.S. Forest Service personnel.

As the effects of climate change exacerbate wildfires and the impacts of COVID-19 spur an unprecedented increase in visitations, Forest Service staff continue to selflessly work and often put their lives in danger to ensure these public lands thrive now and for many generations to come.

In addition to sharing messages of support, encouragement, and thanks from Verizon’s employees, Verizon’s generous grant will plant 100,000 trees on National Forest lands. These native trees will help provide fresh air, clean water, and remove carbon from the environment.

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Hello NFF

Through science, I know that everything is connected, fire, water, air and earth. Fires are part of our ecosystems and we need them, but sometimes its hard to see the damage and devastation they leave behind. But because of people like you, I know our forests are being looked after in the very best possible hands!

Monique Bynum, Redwood City, California
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Dear National Forest Foundation,

Environmental Science is something we all need to be aware of and protect if earth is going to survive. Thanks to everything you do everyday, earth has a fighting chance. Thank you for all the missed, birthday's, missed anniversaries and all the other sacrifices you make to keep are forest in wonderful shape.

Monique Bynum, San Jose, California
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Dear National Forest Foundation,

Birds are flying high, because of all your hard work. Endemic ecosystems survive because of all you do. We are all in this together, which means not only people, but everything on earth, insects, animals, plants, dirt, sand... its all needed for mother earth and you all are a big part of saving her.

THANK YOU!!!

Monique Bynum, Redwood City, California
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Hello National Forest Foundation

Thank you for helping to keep Lahaina parks so beautiful and clean. Its because of your hard work that so many people are drawn to Hawaii.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank you!!

Monique Bynum, Lahaina, Hawaii
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  1. Joyce Kilmer, ‘Trees’.

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray …

Ed Mancinelli, Newtown, Pennsylvania
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Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Way through the Woods’.

They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago. Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you would never know There was once a road through the woods Before they planted the trees. It is underneath the coppice and heath, And the thin anemones …

Ed Mancinelli, Newtown, Pennsylvania
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A. E. Housman, ‘Loveliest of trees, the cherry now’.

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty more …

Ed Mancinelli, Newtown, Pennsylvania
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Thank you for protecting our natural resources. Thank you for doing the great work you do. Thank you for the love you show nature. Thank you for the best gift you can give mankind fresh air. Thank you for protecting the woodland creatures. Thank you for protecting our waterways.

Ed Mancinelli, Newtown, Pennsylvania
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7 out of 10 Americans live within a 2-hour drive of a National Forest.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘Binsey Poplars’.

My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled, Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun, All felled, felled, are all felled; Of a fresh and following folded rank Not spared, not one That dandled a sandalled Shadow that swam or sank On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank …

I love this poem

Ed Mancinelli, Newtown, Pennsylvania
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As a child I remember Smokey the Bear asking everyone to protect our forests. How camp fires still smoldering can cause a devastating forest fire. Smokey made a big impression on me. Don't take this the wrong way in my mind that is who I am writing this note to Smokey the Bear.

Thank you for all the great work you do to protect our vital forests.

Ed Mancinelli, Newtown, Pennsylvania
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One of our favorite spots in Wyoming is Sinks Canyon. Our kids have so many options of activities, as do we. Thanks for taking such great care of our forest!

Erika Hopkin, Lander, Wyoming
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Thanks so much for taking care of our forest! I'm hoping all this snow we are getting will help with the warm summer ahead. Our family loves the outdoors and appreciates all the beautiful open space you help maintain. Thanks so much!!

Erika Hopkin, Lander, Wyoming
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Hello Forest Service personnel,

Thank you for your service in keep a pristine State of VT! As most Vermonters, I love the outdoors and love exploring new hikes, walks, snowmobile rides etc. The forest is nature's beauty.

Your work & service is very appreciated.

Karen Davis, Brownington, Vermont
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I grew up loving nature sciences and plant identification. I have scouts and great science teaches to thank for that. I now live minutes away from the Shenandoah National Park and I get to see the beautiful fauna and flora.

I'd like to thank all those that help keep the green alive that allows us to breathe a little easier. Keep up the great work!

Terry Mack, Luray, Virginia
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I just wanted to say thank you for what you do. It is easy to not pay attention to the wonders of our planet. I hope that your efforts are praised daily. Keep up the good work.

David Burge, Denham Springs, Louisiana
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Dear Amazing U.S Forest Service personnel: Sending you warm wishes for a fantastic 2023 along with great energy to keep you surrounded with positivity! The work you do to protect our national forests is very much appreciated. Please be sure to also prioritize your self care as that is equally as important. Thank you very much for your dedication!

Anonymous, 11550, New York
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I appreciate you keeping our forest alive and trees growing and the fresh air they produce for our planet. Thank you for all your efforts in maintaining our National Parks and forests. I visit and enjoy them often as I can with my family.

Hasan

Anonymous, New Jersey
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Thank you for your commitment, dedication and passion for creating a healthier and more sustainable environment. We owe you a great debt of gratitude for all the hard work and sacrifice you have put in to help us achieve a better quality of life for ourselves and for future generations.

STEPHANIE ASHLEY, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Dear National Forest Federation,

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the important work that the National Forest Federation does. As someone who loves nature and is passionate about conservation, I am immensely thankful for all the efforts and initiatives you have put in to protect and conserve our forests.

STEPHANIE ASHLEY, Morgantown, West Virginia
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The work that all of you at the US Forest Service do on a daily basis is so important. The caring, protecting, and nurturing of our national forests benefits all of us physically and spiritually. I just want to take a moment to say thank you for all that you do. You are all heroes!

Melissa Kamermayer, Tampa, Florida
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National Forests cover 193 million acres of the United States – that’s the size of Texas!

A huge shout out to all US Forest Service personnel! The work you do every day you perform your job is a benefit to all living things. To say thank you is an understatement. Because of you, we have better air quality and water quality. We have places in nature to walk and enjoy by ourselves or with our family and friends. Thank you!!

Melissa Kamermayer, Tampa, Florida
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A big, heartfelt thank you to all the US Forest Service personnel! Your passion and dedication to your profession is highly admirable and very much appreciated. You improve the state of our environment and our health for the benefit of all living things. THANK YOU for all you do!

Melissa Kamermayer, Tampa, Florida
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The work you do at the National Forest Service is invaluable. You continuously care for, protect and nuture our forests which in turn improves the qualify of our air and water for all plants, animals, and humans. Thank you for all you do, you are all heroes!

Melissa Kamermayer, Tampa, Florida
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Please accept my sincere and full gratitude and appreciation for the work you do day in and day out. You make this world a better place physically and spiritually. Because of you, I can take a walk in 'my true home' surrounded by trees, plant life and wildlife. You make a difference in everyone's lives. Thank you!

Melissa Kamermayer, Tampa, Florida
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I wanted to take a moment to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to the National Forest Service. Thank you for caring for, preserving, and protecting our forests and their inhabitants. Our air and water quality is better becuase of YOU! You truly make a difference in our world every day you come to your job. Congratulations on your life's work!

Melissa Kamermayer, Tampa, Florida
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