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Bush Signs Act Establishing First National Park in Vermont

August 26, 1992

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush on Wednesday signed a law establishing Marsh-Billings National Historical Park, the first national park in Vermont.

The 550 acres of hillside, which includes a mansion that was the boyhood home of conservationist George Perkins Marsh, was donated by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, who have owned it for the last 60 years.

Marsh in 1864 published ″Man and Nature,″ the first book on conservation. He warned that not adequately protecting forest cover would lead to the pollution of streams and rivers and the loss of soil, wildlife and plants.

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