The year 2016 will mark the United States National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Since 1916, Congress’ involvement in protecting the natural places of America has greatly expanded. Now accountable for over four-hundred separate places, the United States Department of the Interior has greatly expanded its mission of landscape protection with the Bureau that is the National Park Service—which includes the popular Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service proudly commemorates those who have wholly dedicated themselves to the mission of preserving an American heritage that derives itself from our natural landscapes, and to the uniquely American virtue for land conservation.
C. Forbes, Inc. is privileged to produce two commemorative coins depicting both the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Mammoth Cave National Park. Both coins are but a small token of appreciation to the sustainable efforts of the men and women of our National Park Service. The challenge coins produced are given as awards to the volunteers, workers, and employees who embody the high levels of performance in land protection and conservation that is satisfactory enough to be nick-named “atta boys”. These coins venerate American citizens of uncommon dedication to our nation’s natural landscape and the mission of our National Park Service.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways—“a park to be proud of”—provides all American citizens equal opportunity to experience the natural and untamed beauty of Southern Missouri’s Current and Jack Forks Rivers. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is one of the most accessible kayaking and canoeing destinations in America and brags of 80,000 acres of Missouri’s natural areas. Struck into one side of this solid bronze coin is a canoe on the water at sunrise, and on the obverse side lays the National Park Service’s iconic arrow-shaped logo.
Mammoth Cave National Park—“the Monarch of Caves”—provides all American citizens equal opportunity to explore the abundance of cave systems that are but a part of south central Kentucky’s beautiful countryside. Bragging as the world’s largest explored cave arrangement, Mammoth Cave National Park is but another natural example of the National Park Service’s unending efforts towards providing an opportunity to experience America how it was and should be.
The United States Department of the Interior is wholly dedicated to providing the American people an experience of natural heritage that can be traced through our historical connection to the differentiating landscapes of this great continent; an American privilege that gives its thanks to the hard workers of our National Park Service.