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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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Hello and Happy National Earth Day month from Ohio! I am very thankful for your organization which protects and serves our forests and parks. When you think of wild fires you don't think of the Midwest. Your work to contain and control these fires you help both the air quality and the entire environment. Thank you!

Jason Akers, Delaware, Ohio
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Hello and Happy National Earth Day month! As and avid outdoorsman what you do keeps us safe and helps the environment thrive! My family and I enjoy getting outside, hiking, fishing, and hunting and without your work our forests wouldn't be the same. Controlling and putting out wildfires helps our air quality. Thank you so much!

Jason Akers, Delaware, Ohio
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Greetings! Thank you so much to the U.S. Forest Service personnel for your work. I would just like to convey my support and appreciation for all the hard work being done by the NFF to keep our forests healthy and for your efforts to restore the forests that have been affected by fires across the country. Thank you!!!

Anonymous, Omaha, Nebraska
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Hello Kelli here from OH. I just wanted to drop a note to let you know how much we appreciate your hard work and dedication to keeping the National Forests beautiful, it does not go unnoticed. Nature is wonderful and we are so lucky to have you out there fighting the good fight. Again THANK YOU for all you do!!

Kelli Broadhurst, Columbus, Ohio
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Hello,

I wanted to thank all of you for your hard work. Me and my family love to go to National and State parks and really enjoy the natural beauty of them! Stay safe!

Thank you!

Anonymous, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Hi there! You’re a hero to all the plants, trees, and animals living in our National Forests. You’re a hero to future generations that’ll get to breathe fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors. Thank you for all that you do! Stay safe out there, you’re a truly an amazing human for doing what you do!

Anonymous, East Bethel, Minnesota
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Dear Firefighters, I want to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude and unwavering support to each and every one of you. Your bravery and selflessness in the face of such danger are truly awe-inspiring. Stay safe, stay strong, and know that your bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Anonymous, Appleton, Wisconsin
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Thanks You For Your Preserving Our National Forest For Future Generations & To Enjoy Them

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

Hello and Happy National Earth Day month! I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your service to our world making it a better place to live and be safe! Your job makes a difference! While forest fires seem scary they actually help clear undergrowth and create space and good soil for new trees and plants to flourish!

Jason Akers, Delaware, Ohio
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My name is Ronald, your service to the community in protecting the forest is much appreciated. Your service protects the environment and the people of the world. You have the most important job in the world. Thank you for dedicating your life to such an admirable job.

Thank You!

Anonymous, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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Thank you so much for making sure that the natural space we have to enjoy stays safe and beautiful for everyone everywhere. Without you, we wouldn't have such incredible locations to escape to and recenter ourselves.

Jennifer Kalasardo, Vernon, Connecticut
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One of my favorite escapes and disconnects is finding beautiful forest, creeks or waterfalls to hike. The beauty, peace and magnitude of nature is very humbling. I’m from a family of fire fighters, I know the pressures and risk that come along with the job but more so for you in the Forest service. I appreciated you and hope you stay safe Thank you

Anonymous, Chicago, Illinois
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Hi there you awesome human! Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work keeping our National Forests thriving. It’s because of you and your team that future generations will be able to enjoy the great outdoors. Us outdoor enthusiasts appreciate all that you do! Take care and stay safe!

Anonymous, East Bethel, Minnesota
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Hello from Nancy, KY.

I love enjoying the outdoors! There is something magical about walking in to the woods away from society and taking in nature the way God intended, thanks for helping to preserve these natural beauties and protecting our forests.

PS The wildlife thanks you as well.

Anthony Dalton, Nancy, Kentucky
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Hello National Forest Team:

Thank you for your dedication to keep the forest " Safe" from all hurt and harm. Thank you for keeping up on the training that you go through in an effort to be prepared to face any size fire whether it is big or small.

Alecia Williams, Illinois
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All, I truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication you perform on a day-to-day basis to keep our forests safe. Wishing you all the best and keep up the wonderful work, it does not go unnoticed. All the best.

Anonymous, Oakwood Hlls, Illinois
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I would like to take this time to thank you for what you do. Forest must be taken care of around the entire planet. Forest are very essential to humanity now and any future generations. Wish you nothing but the best to you and all your teammates. Nature is the best way to connect with this planet and you allow us to have this experience!

Anonymous, Chicago, Illinois
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Hello and Happy National Earth Day month! My family and I are very proud of the work you do to protect and serve our forests. With family and friends who are also fire fighters I appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to do what you do! I love the outdoors and you make them better! Thanks!

Jason Akers, Delaware, Ohio
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Thank you for giving yourself to a profession that has high risk and low salaries. You could have done something else, but you chose to help others. Tip of the cap to you. I would like to give you my gratitude for your willingness to sign on the line.

Anonymous, Merton, Wisconsin
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Thank for your service in saving the forest and our planet. I enjoy spending time in national parks, hiking and just relaxing.Thank you for making this possible.

Anonymous, Addison, Illinois
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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.

Hello, I want to take this time out to thank you for protecting our wildlands. Your selfless service and dedication to protecting our national forests is greatly appreciated ….I love visiting different forests , especially the lands of Tennessee. I love the streams that flow through the forests . I hope that you also take time to enjoy The land.

Anonymous, Lewis Center, Ohio
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Not all hero's get the respect and rewards they deserve, but then again, most true "Hero's" aren't looking for recognition. You do what you do because you believe in it, and the know the impact you have. When you get discouraged, remember this. From Nancy, KY, Hello and God Bless! We are forever grateful!

Anthony Dalton, Nancy, Kentucky
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Hello! Thank you for your selfless work to National Forests. I live near a state park in Ohio and moved here to be closer to nature yet being close to the city. Know that I understand the toll the work you do can really wear on your mental health. Please remember to take the time to breathe deeply and find an activity to help relieve your stress.

Anonymous, Lewis Center, Ohio
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Thank you for all you do in keeping our national forests preserved. Some of my most memorable moments throughout my life have been vacations taken in National Forests. The beauty of them can not be understated!

Jeff Everman, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Hello and Happy National Earth Day month! My family loves to enjoy the outdoors and take walks through our forests. What you do makes a difference in our world! I am also proud to have quite a few friends in the fire fighting community. The selflessness of your job is unwarranted. Thank you!

Jason Akers, Delaware, Ohio
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