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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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Greetings,

My name is Sharlene. I hope and trust you know how appreciated you are.

Firefighter are heroes.

The work you do is VERY necessary and I appreciate you.

Thank you.

Anonymous, Garden City, New York
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You are truly a hero for doing all you do to protect the forests of the earth, as well as preventing collateral damage from dangerous forest fires. You need to know how much you are appreciated for all that you do. Thank you!

Scott Gara, Schenectady, New York
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Hello, this is Gina from NJ. I wanted to take some time out to thank you for keeping us protected. You are a true hero and are appreciated so much!

Gina Emhardt, Manahawkin, New Jersey
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Fire Fighters are a special kind of breed. You are brave beyond words. Thank you to your families as well. I know it must be worrisome for them to see their loved ones in harms way every time they go to work.

THERESA SMITH, Wilmington, Delaware
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Thank You is important to hear, especially when at times you feel like your work is not appreciated, and on behalf on me and my family, future generations, and little kittens who get stuck in trees.... THANK YOU!

DAN CORVINO, EWING, New Jersey
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From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do. We spend a lot of time in national parks and their beauty is preserved because of your efforts. Thank you so much.

Anonymous, Gloversville, New York
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Thank you for all that you do! You are appreciated. Your hard work and dedication. It is important to have you protect our forest due to the effects of climate changes and you are a true hero.

Eric Kelso, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Hello,

Thank you for your service. I love kayaking so you keeping those areas safe for the environment and for me to visit I really appreciate it.

Your friend, Jose

Anonymous, Runnemede, New Jersey
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National Forests provide habitat for more than 3,000 animals, including more than 400 federally listed threatened and endangered species.

Hello, this is Gina from NJ. I wanted to take some time out to thank you for keeping us protected. The courage you have in yourself is highly appreciated. I salute you all! "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."

Gina Emhardt, Manahawkin, New Jersey
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Hi,

A Haiku to thank you:

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

A friend in Albany, NY

Anonymous, Waterford, New York
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Thank you for maintaining our National Forests. I would also like to thank you for being the hero you are in keeping our communities safe, and ask you be safe cause we need you.

Eric Kelso, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Fire Fighters are a special kind of breed. You are brave beyond words. Thank you to your families as well. I know it must be worrisome for them to see their loved ones in harms way every time they go to work.

THERESA SMITH, Wilmington, Delaware
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Hi,

Thanks for protecting our forests when they need our help the most. Your work is invaluable and I wish you the best, stay healthy and stay safe!

A friend in Albany, NY

Anonymous, Waterford, New York
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Thank you so much for sacrificing to protect our forests. What you do is so appreciated, and I am thankful that you are out there protecting us day in and day out. What you do makes a difference, and cannot be appreciated enough! Thank you!!!

Casey Marino, Warren, Rhode Island
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My name is Scott Gara. I live about an hour from the Adirondacks in NY, which is a place I must visit several times a year just to be amongst mother nature. Doing all you do to protect the gorgeous sanctuaries that the earth provides is more appreciated than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do to keep the earth beautiful.

Scott Gara, Schenectady, New York
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I imagine some days you show up to work and fight the fight and feel like your efforts are not appreciated. I'm here to tell you THEY ARE! I appreciate you, and on behalf of future generations, we appreciate the work you are doing. Don't stop!

DAN CORVINO, EWING, New Jersey
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Hello,

Thank you for all you do. I love taking hikes and enjoying nature so I am grateful to you for keeping those places safe for me.

Your friend, Jose

Anonymous, Runnemede, New Jersey
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We appreciate you and everything you do! Thank you for finding the strength and courage to do your job. You are my hero.

Anonymous, 11553, New York
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Thank you so much for all of the work you do. I have a cousin who's a firefighter and every time we catch up, it blows my mind how hard he works and how selfless he is. Just know that all of us here that benefit from the safety you create are incredibly grateful.

Stephanie Windland, Astoria, New York
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Thank you so much for all you do for nature. I love camping with my family and showing my Grandchildren nature.

I grew up in the woods and still enjoy going there! Such a way to de-stress from the world.

Thanks!

Anonymous, Argyle, Texas
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7 out of 10 Americans live within a 2-hour drive of a National Forest.

Hello, this is Gina from NJ. I wanted to take some time out to thank you for giving your time and energy to help fight these forest fires. We appreciate your courage and bravery. Always remember "tough times never last, but tough people do."

Gina Emhardt, Manahawkin, New Jersey
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Thank you for all you do to support our national forests and keep them clean and protected. I can only imagine the amount of traffic that some of these areas have gotten over the past 2 years - without your help they would not be maintaining and available for us to enjoy.

Anonymous, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Yosemite Falls, I can still hear the roaring of the falls. The park is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for keeping it safe. I hope to visit it again one day. What you all do is absolutely amazing and so brave.

Anonymous, Stillwater, New York
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Just wanted to show my appreciation of the hard and important work that you and your team do everyday. Thank you for being a hero and protecting our communities. You are appreciated!

Eric Kelso, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Thank You to all the Fire Fighters that give so selflessly to protect the national forests. Watching some of these fires on the news and knowing that you are there fighting fires putting yourself in harms way fills me with gratitude towards you and your profession

THERESA SMITH, Wilmington, Delaware
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