Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2021

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Page 124 of 131 123 President Kennedy signs into law a bill preserving the National Seashore Park, August 7, 1961 Cape Cod National Seashore Celebrating 60 Years "A man may stand there and put all America behind him" Henry David Thoreau. The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s has been protected since 1961 when President Kennedy signed legistration establishing Cape Cod National Seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and upland forests support diverse species of plants and animals. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches, waterways, and walking and biking trails provide recreational opportunities for today's visitors. When President Kennedy signed legislation authorizing the establishment of the National Seashore on August 7, 1961, he mentioned how signifi cant it was to "preserve the natural and historic values of a portion of Cape Cod for the inspiration and enjoyment of people all over the United States." The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfi eld editorialized that the bill "…can probably be labeled the finest victory ever recorded for the cause of conservation in New England." "The designation of Cape Cod as a National Seashore by President Kennedy was a gift to all the American people," said Superintendent George Price. 2021 marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic legistration creating the Cape Cod National Seashore. Courtesy of National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.

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