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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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Nothing gives me more peace than walking my dog on the trails near my home. I am fortunate to have beautiful woods near my home and appreciate all you are doing to preserve our forests. Thanks to you and your colleagues, future generations will be able to enjoy our National Forests. Happy Holidays!

Stephanie Lee, Groveland, Massachusetts
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Hi,

Thank you so much for your service to our national forests. My family owns a home in the Hiawatha National Forest in the U.P. of Michigan and it's a place where generations have made the most wonderful memories.

The entire Verizon team is grateful for the work you do & I wish you all the best for a Happy Holiday season.

Warm regards, Bri

Brianna Ellison, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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Greetings! My name is Tupac Hunter. One of the things I love the most about my company is how we honor our first responders. Your hard work, commitment, and sacrifice to protect communities is invaluable and words could never fully express the honor that you deserve. Thank you for all that you do and from my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Tupac Hunter, Southfield, Michigan
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Hi, I want to thank you for choosing to protect and cultivate our national forests. I love spending time in nature and exploring our forests. I live in a valley surrounded by our mountains and forests and am in awe of their beauty everyday. Thank you for chosen work and preserving our forests. With Gratitude, T. Barela

Talitha Barela, Saratoga Springs, Utah
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Hello, I'm writing to thank you for your selfless service to protect our national forests. The forests are breathtaking, and we appreciate all you do to protect them. Thank you

Anonymous, Massachusetts
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Dear National Forest personnel, When I think of the beauty of our country, our natural environment is the first thing that comes to mind. I appreciate your dedication to making the national forests a priority and protecting them so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come. THANK YOU!

Cathleen Finn, Boston, Massachusetts
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US Forest Service Personnel,

My name is Eli Veenendaal, and I live in Colorado. I have a great love and appreciation for the work that you do to keep these areas preserved. Thank you for protecting these areas so my family and I can enjoy the beauty of nature and build lasting memories.

Regards,

Eli

Anonymous, Erie, Colorado
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I wish to thank you for all that you do to preserve and protect our national forests. I congratulate you upon your answer the call to serve the nation and the environment.

Stan Usovicz, Danvers, Massachusetts
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By planting the right species in the right places, reforestation improves forest health and helps make our forests more resilient to future challenges like climate change and wildfire.

Our national forests are a treasure that should be appreciated and preserved. In this hectic world, there is nothing more energizing than spending time in nature. I recently visited Rocky Mountain National Park and was in awe of its beauty. Thanks for all you do to preserve our forests while keeping our communities safe. Best wishes!

Stephanie Lee, Groveland, Massachusetts
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Thank you for all that you do! Many times you put yourself in harms way for the betterment of society and our environment, and we appreciate your service. Wishing you a happy holiday season!

Steven Shaw, Illinois
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As an employee of Verizon, I would like to thank you for your selfless service to our U.S. Forest Service. As a resident of a state that has many local, state and national forest areas, the work and sacrifice that you and your family have made to preserve these areas have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for your time and dedication!

Anonymous, Bloomington, Minnesota
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I'm writing to say thank you, I really appreciate your efforts and all the training that goes into your service to our national forests. I love being around trees and we can't have too many trees in my opinion. Thank you for working to preserve and protect our national forests!

Anonymous, Boston, Massachusetts
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Hi, TY for all you do! Your job is incredibly dangerous and difficult. All the work you do protecting our lives, the lives of wildlife, our property and the forests is so important...the importance cannot be stressed enough. Again, TY for your service!

Ellen Cummings, Worcester, Massachusetts
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Thank you for all that you do! I haven't had the opportunity to visit a national park yet but it is absolutely on my bucket list. The three in particular that my family and I have identified are Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier. Thank you for your selfless service, protecting our forests, and wildlife.

Anonymous, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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Hello,

Thank you so much for your service in the US Forest Service. I so appreciate your efforts in making our country a beautiful place to live.

Thank you!

Anonymous, Weldon Spring, Missouri
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For all you do for to protect our forests and wildlife, I extend my greatest thanks to you. Your time and dedication to this cause are greatly appreciated! Wishing you and yours a safe holiday season.

Sedric Warren, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Thank for all you do! Your courageousness and bravery is truly inspiring!

Michele Cinquegrano, Providence, Rhode Island
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Thank you so much for your service. I live in Cleveland, the city whose nickname is The Forest City, so we're serious about our trees here in Northeast Ohio. Your role in maintaining our forests and ensuring that they are protected for generations to come is so important. Please know that we are grateful for your service!

Jessica Cohen, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio
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Thank you for your service to our national forests, we are so fortunate to have people like you who are willing to dedicate yourself to preserving our natural resources. I love being out in nature around trees and the work you're doing makes a real difference. Thank you!

Anonymous, Boston, Massachusetts
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You are my hero. Thank you for giving forests a voice and a chance to thrive to continuously make our world a beautiful place. Calming and distinguishing wildfires I am sure is no easy task and yet you do it without being asked and for that you are admired and cherished. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. hugs

Shelaine Walters, Stockbridge, Georgia
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National Forests are the largest single source of fresh water in the US, providing drinking water to millions, including those in large cities.

I would like to take a few minutes to thank all the brave men and women who put their very lives on the line fighting forest and wild fires. It is through your dedication that many of us across this great nation are protected during these potentially devastating events. Living in Colorado I have seen firsthand the results from your efforts!!!

Doug Wekamp, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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My favorite memories from growing up are the ones I have exploring out in the woods with my dog and family. I hope future generations have the opportunity to do the same, and so much of that is owed to you and your work. Thank you for your commitment to protecting our public lands and forests. I hope you know that it does not go unnoticed.

Amanda Smith, Highlands, New Jersey
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A sincere thank you to all the brave men and women who step up to fight forest and wild fires across this great nation. It is through your dedication and bravery that many of us can feel assured that we are safe during these potentially catastrophic events.

Doug Wekamp, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Thank you to all of the Forestry workers and Volunteers in America. The work you do to keep our natural resources safe and thriving is so important to all of our citizens. We all appreciate your work and applaud you!

Gregory Hanley, Canastota, New York
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Dear Nation Forest Service,

Thank you for all that you do. All of your hard work to protect our forests are greatly appreciated!

Jennifer M. Hall, Brooklyn, New York
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