Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
The National Parks and Monuments of the United States are America's gifts to herself. The millions of acres that have been set aside guarantee that there will always be wild places for those alive today, and for future generations. This program is part of a series that showcases some of the treasures in this unique American legacy that benefits humans, as well as the flora and fauna of these special places. Many people felt a sense of personal loss when the nation's first national park at Yellowstone experienced a devastating fire in 1988. After the tragedy, many wondered if the park would ever fully recover. This program shows the progress in that "unfinished song," and how, in many ways, the park is in better shape than ever. Archival film footage, photographs, personal accounts, and commentary by experts tell the story of the Yellowstone fire.