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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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Thanks for all that you do! I have been watching the news and I remain in awe of the hard work and dedication it takes to protect the forest from wildfires.

Anonymous, Catonsville, Maryland
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I was told you would like to hear a joke. Here are 2 Dad/Tree Jokes:

Why did the tree get stumped? It couldn’t get to the root of the problem.

How does a tree get on the internet? They log on.

Thank you for all you do!

DAN CORVINO, EWING, New Jersey
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My name is Andrea and I wanted to take the time to thank you for your service.
Keep pushing and know that someone from one of the 5 boroughs of NYC is thinking of you. You are appreciated and everything you do makes a difference for us!

Anonymous, New York, New York
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Thanks! I am so thrilled to be able to thank you for all that you do! You have a job that is so critical. I know that at times it can be difficult. You are great and appreciated!

Thank you for all you do!

Anonymous, Argyle, Texas
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Heroes can't be measured. Heroes can only be thanked for their couragious acts of helping others. Thank you for the countless hours you put in to keep citizens and the environment safe. Thank you to all of the firefighters for being our heroes.

Jacqueline Anderson, Herndon, Virginia
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I have the utmost respect for your willingness to put yourselves on the line for the protection of out national resources!

Thank you for your service and dedication to our lands for future generations to be able to experience.

JOSHUA VALLETTA, Syracuse, New York
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Hello, this is Gina from NJ. I wanted to take a few minutes to personally thank you for all you do to keep us and the National Forests protected. As a wife and mother in law of firefighters, I know the sacrifice you make each day. I salute you , your bravery and your pride!

Gina Emhardt, Manahawkin, New Jersey
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Thank you does not seem like enough to say for all that you do, but thank you nonetheless and please thank your family for sharing you with us all.

Anonymous, Catonsville, Maryland
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The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most biologically diverse in North America, with an understory that can hold up to 40 plant species per square yard.

Nothing can explain how thankful the world is for the sacrifices you make to stop the spread of wildfires in our forests. The time away from your family is an incredible sacrifice for the good of the earth. Thank you, you are appreciated.

Scott Gara, Schenectady, New York
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The work you do is so important. Thank you for helping to sustain our plants and forests. Thank you for getting to the root of the problem. Continue to branch off and share your work and love with the world!

DAN CORVINO, EWING, New Jersey
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Just wanted to take the time to thank you for all you do. You save lives, nature, pets, wildlife and so much more!

Your work does not go unnoticed. I genuinely want to thank you for all you do for the community. We appreciate you and your sacrifice for others.

Thank you for all you do!

Anonymous, Argyle, Texas
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Thank you for spending time away from your family to help keep mine safe. You are greatly appreciated!

Anonymous, Catonsville, Maryland
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The world is so much more of a better place with all of your contributions to the National Forest and you are making such a huge difference to so many! You are a difference maker. Thanks so much for all you do.

Anonymous, Suffolk, Virginia
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Thank you for helping to keep our forest safe and our world viable for future generations!

Anonymous, Catonsville, Maryland
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Forest souls drift by, Ghosts of smoke through valleys dry Whispering “Beware”

Poetry and fire go together:

  • Kate Rauner
Scott Gara, Schenectady, New York
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My name is Andrea and I wanted to take the time to thank you for your service.
WE APPRECIATE YOU! IF no one told you lately, please know YOU ARE AMAZING. What you do is not taken for granted. You are making a difference in this world.

Anonymous, New York, New York
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I hope that you are having a great day! I want to tell you that I truly want to thank you and truly appreciate all you do for us.

You help so many people and for that it is truly appreciated!

Thank you for all you do!

Anonymous, Argyle, Texas
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My family experienced a total loss of house over 30 years ago. The firefighters saved the whole family and the dogs. Everything that burned was replaceable, but the people and furry companions all came through OK thanks to the efforts of brave men and women. We are forever thankful.

Anonymous, Gloversville, New York
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Hello, this is Gina from NJ. On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for keeping us and our forests protected. We appreciate the sacrifices you make each day. We salute you and your bravery!

Gina Emhardt, Manahawkin, New Jersey
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Hello,

Saying "Thank You" doesn't sound like enough for the dedication and sacrifice you make daily. Thank you for taking an active role in saving our forest and National Parks. THANK YOU for all that you do every day, hour, minute, and second.

Thank you,

Anonymous, Newport News, Virginia
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Today, longleaf pine habitat exists on less than 5 percent of its historic range in the U.S. South. Planting longleaf pine on National Forests supports the expansion of this critical native species.

My name is Andrea and I wanted to take the time to thank you for your service. Your selfless service has a major impact on this world. I know it's not easy, and it's not taken for granted. WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Anonymous, New York, New York
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Hello, this is Gina from NJ. On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for keeping us protected. The courage you have in yourself is highly appreciated. We salute your bravery and your pride. You are a true hero!

Gina Emhardt, Manahawkin, New Jersey
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A Haiku:

We have you to thank for how well we sleep at night nothing is burning

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Scott Gara, Schenectady, New York
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You are a hero!! I have not had a chance yet to see Yosemite National Park, but I am so thankful for all that you all do protect them until I can get there! The forests are such a natural treasure and cannot be replaced, so everything you do makes a difference. And it is so appreciated from everyone in the country. Thank you!

Casey Marino, Warren, Rhode Island
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Thank you so much for all your courageousness! I truly appreciate all you do!

Our family enjoys camping in state parks and truly enjoy nature! I so appreciate all you do to protect it for our future generations!

Thanks!

Anonymous, Argyle, Texas
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