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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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Anju Anna Thomas, Chennai, India
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Thank you for all that you do for both fire prevention and putting out fires. The world is a better place and offers so many wonders for people to explore and you help preserve that for us all! I have seen firsthand the work you do in Boulder and was always in awe that you give of yourselves to help others and rush right in!

Maria Warnagiris, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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I can't even imagine the experience of being in the middle of a forest fire - thank you so much for putting your life on the line to protect our forests!

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Richard Dalton, North Haledon, New Jersey
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It's truly amazing what you and your team do to protect America’s National Forests! Keep up the outstanding work!

Anonymous, New York
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Your dedication to protecting people, places and wildlife is appreciated beyond words. The work you do should never be overlooked or underappreciated. Thank you for your sacrifices and dedication to a life that requires selflessness like few of us will ever fully comprehend.

Tammy Cyr, 08876, New Jersey
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Living in NYC, it's easy to forget the sounds of the forests I grew up in. Leaves shaking in the wind. Streams running over rocks. Animals calling to one another. Both peaceful and so dynamic at the same time. Thank you for everything you do to care for and protect our forests for today and years to come. Can't wait to share with my kiddos.

Anonymous, BROOKLYN, New York
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This is Amisha, I am a Visual Designer at Verizon. Would like to thank you for all your selfless service to National Forests. I have visited some of the most amazing National Parks in the US, have learnt so much about the forests and wild animals, its importance to the people living in and around these places. Please continue the good work.

Amisha Banker, Hyderabad, India
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Your dedication to protecting people, places and wildlife is appreciated beyound words. The work you do should never be overlooked or underappreciated. Thank you for your sacrifices and dedication to a life that requires selflessness like few of us will ever fully comprehend.

Tammy Cyr, 08876, 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.

I can't imagine a world without firefighters! You rock! Thank you for who you are and all you do! You put yourself in harms way everyday.You are so very brave! Bravo!I have so much gratitude and appreciation for you! This planet needs you more today than ever before. Thanks for protecting our forests and wildlife. Stay safe!

Trina Uzee, Garland, Texas
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A big shout out to you our Fire fighter Heroes

Naveen Chandra Polimati, India
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My dear Hero,

Thank you so much for all you do for us.Thank you for being willing to do this job that brings with it everything that it does. Sending you loads of appreciation and love for keeping our forests and us safe.

Kushi and Family

Kushi Sinha, Plainsboro, New Jersey
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As someone who grew up in India, I had never seen firefighters in person, only in books. They looked shiny, handsome and always smiling. As an adult living in Texas, I see how much you do and the challenges you face. It may be just another job for you, but for me you are a hero. I am in awe of your bravery. I salute to thee …

Anonymous, Plano, Texas
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Keep calm and clear up

Anju Anna Thomas, Chennai, India
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My dear Hero,

Thank you so much for all you do for us.Thank you for being willing to sign on the line to do this job, not sure I could do that. Sending you loads of appreciation and love for keeping our forests and us safe.

Kushi and Family

Kushi Sinha, Plainsboro, New Jersey
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To the Forest Service - Thank you for all you do to manage the ecosystems that we depend on. If you ever get discouraged, remember that we are depending on you to help us make it safe for us to live, visit, and utilize the fantastic natural resources in the US and across North America.

David Bixby, New York, New York
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Times are pretty bleak, but knowing you're out there doing such incredible work gives me hope. Thank you for all your incredible efforts to help give this country a brighter future. The work you do is so meaningful, and has such a lasting impact - I appreciate it. I can't wait to share our national forests and parks with my children.

Kate Koch, Woodside, New York
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I just want to say thank you for what you do. It takes courage and commitment at a time in our world where those to virtues are in short supply. Thank you for keeping our natural world safe...and natural.

Thank you!

Brian Kelly, Jersey City, New Jersey
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My dear Hero,

Thank you so much for all you do for us. I will always feel greatly indebted to you for your willingness to serve and protect us. Sending you loads of appreciation and love for keeping our forests and us safe.

Kushi and Family

Kushi Sinha, Plainsboro, New Jersey
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You rock! Thank you for who you are and all you do! Fire is terrifying and you put yourself in harms way everyday. You are so very brave! Bravo!I have so much gratitude and appreciation for you! This planet needs you more today than ever before. I love hiking in nature. Thanks for protecting our forests and wildlife. Stay safe!

Trina Uzee, Garland, Texas
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Where do saplings go to learn? Elementree school.

Anonymous, middletown, New Jersey
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The National Forest Foundation partners with the U.S. Forest Service to plant native species for habitat restoration and in areas impacted by wildfire, insects and disease outbreaks and other natural disturbances.

You sometimes win .. you sometimes lose. Keep moving forward with extra grit and determination.

Anju Anna Thomas, Chennai, India
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To each of the Forest Service staff - Thank you for all you do, with all of the challenges you face in your work. I hope as a country and as a civilization we can do better in supporting you in your management of the ecosystems that we depend on. Your work is a blessing and I can't thank you enough for what you do.

David Bixby, New York, New York
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Why was the tree stumped? It couldn’t get to the root of the problem.

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But seriously, thank you for everything you do to protect our nation's forests and all that call them home. Thank you for your courage, commitment, and sacrifice.

Anonymous, BROOKLYN, New York
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I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

Ravi Ch, Hyderabad, India
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Thank you for who you are and all you do! You have such a noble important profession. Fire is terrifying and you put yourself in harms way everyday. I have so much gratitude and appreciation for you! This planet needs you more today than ever before. I love hiking in nature. Thanks for protecting our forests and wildlife. Stay safe!

Trina Uzee, Garland, Texas
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