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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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We invite you to share these messages of thanks from Verizon employees with your fellow wildland firefighters or any associations, clubs, groups, or teams who you believe would appreciate seeing them.

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Thank you for all that you do

Anonymous, Raceland, Louisiana
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I can only give a great shout-out to all U.S. Forest Service personnel for working tirelessly to make a difference in the world. After learning about the work you do, it is amazing, I can't thank you enough for keeping the forest safe.

Michael Robinson, Toano, Virginia
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Going to our national parks is a past time that I cherish. Thank you for protecting and taking care of this land so that more and more people can enjoy these lands in the future. You are so important!

Jana DeVore, Middleburg, Florida
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Thank you for your services to the forest. Your efforts keep allowing us to have fresh air.

Anonymous, LIC, New York
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Thank you U.S Forest Service I can't thank you enough for all you do. Without you and your sacrifice we would not be able to live.

Amy Fleming, Hudson, New Hampshire
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It makes me feel so happy and heart warming to congratulate each one of you for your extraordinary selfless service for the global cause. You are building a greener path for our future generations to live stress free. Please accept my humble obeisance. Thank you so much for your great work.

Vasugi Narasimhan, Chennai, India
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To the National Wildland Firefighters, The bravery, the selflessness it takes to literally walk in to a blazing fire with everything around you for miles is just as flammable as well, absolutely incredible! I am truly grateful for all of you who risk their lives to protect the forest, and those of us who venture outdoors.

THANK YOU! D. Allen

Dennis Allen, Georgia
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Thank you for your bravery and dedication. Many communities, people, and creatures have been positively impacted by your hard work to keep our forests and homes safe.

Anonymous, Lowell, Massachusetts
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Trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and remove harmful pollutants from the air, acting as a natural air filter.

I just heard an emotional story from a colleague who has been impacted by fires in N. California and it is really evident how dangerous your role is when fighting these dangerous fires. Thank you for all you do. Please be safe first and foremost and thank you for your dedication. Just know you are appreciated!

Bill Doyle, Cohasset, Massachusetts
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I am writing to say thank you for all your hard work for all our communities. You provide essential services to all those in need and are always looking out for others safety while putting yours in jeopardy. You are so much appreciated for all you do! Thank you!

Anonymous, Richardson, Texas
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Big big thank you Your passion, limitless efforts and dedication allow us to still have the possibility to stay connected and for some to re connect with mother nature. It is more and more a luxury to be able to see these beautiful paradise that you are fighting to protect including the people leaving around them.

Anonymous, whitehouse station, New Jersey
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Thank you for all the hard work you do to protect our forests. You run towards danger to keep our forests, the wildlife, and our communities safe. Your efforts to save our forests are greatly appreciated.

Anonymous, Lowell, Massachusetts
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Living in Spokane, WA, I'm no stranger to wildfires. In late July 2021, a wildfire broke out about one mile north of our house. The wildfire team made an aerial assault with numerous planes and helicopters. The effort worked, and the fire was limited in size and duration. Thank you for your efforts!

Chris Hansen, Spokane, Washington
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Thank you for all of your hard work protecting, building and securing our National forest! We love the outdoors and appreciate all your efforts!

Anonymous, Lander, Wyoming
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I want to send out a big Thank You to our wildfire fire fighters. Many people, homes, livestock, and other things we value have been preserved from your work. Thank you!

Chris Hansen, Spokane, Washington
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Dear U.S. Forestry and Wildland Firefighters, This message is a tad more personal than just a simple thank you for all that you do. Last year in September 2021, my family was impacted by the Caldor Fire in Northern California. All due to your amazing efforts, the fire was halted just 3 miles from our home. Thank you more than you know.

Ronny West, Pollock Pines, California
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Just a quick short message to thank you for all the hard work you do protecting the our forest. Also thanks for making it possible for my children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy the trails so we can go on family hikes. With all your hard work this allows for us to keep all parks and forest beautiful for the World to enjoy.

Reginald Mathieu, North Bellmore, New York
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Just want to express my appreciation for the work you do and the benefit we all receive from it. While visiting Yosemite last year the tourists, including myself, were all heading away from the smoke and flames while the U.S. Forest Service was heading towards them, to keep us, and all things, safe. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!!

Ed Ritzer, Sutton, Massachusetts
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Thank you for your hard work and dedication to protecting and saving our forests as well as the personal properties impacted by the expanding fires. I know this is tireless work and extremely dangerous so thank you and please be safe. At the end of the day, your safety is what is most important!

William Doyle, Cohasset, Massachusetts
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It is always sad to see the losses and destruction caused by fires that impact so much . We need you to save this planet and we are honored you have taken this task to save and protect us, the magnificent trees, wildlife and the environment. You are heroes.

Anonymous, Morristown, New Jersey
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Trees hold and purify water and stabilize soils, helping creeks and rivers run clear for the thousands of communities who depend on National Forests for clean water.

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to protecting our national forests. My wife and I make it a point to visit a national forest/park at least one a year and have always enjoyed our experiences.

Keep up the good work and may you all be safe in your continued efforts.

Anonymous, Plano, Texas
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To all the brave men and women across the country who risk their lives fighting these fires to save other's lives, nature and property - thank you! You are thought of fondly and always. Stay safe! Much love!

Anonymous, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Trees, forests, and mountains are my favorite part of the great outdoors. I'm glad there are people like you with the aspiration and skills to help care for this natural treasure. Keep up the good work. I appreciate you!

Chris Hansen, Spokane, Washington
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Just a short message to thank you for all the hard work you do protecting the forrest. Also thanks for making it possible for my children and grandchile to be able to enjoy the trailes so we can go on family hikes.

Thank you

Anonymous, Clinton, South Carolina
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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 …

Anonymous, Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
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