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Roger Kennedy dies at 85; former National Park Service director
Roger Kennedy dies at 85; former National Park Service director

One day deep in the administration of George W. Bush — a time of tumult among environmentalists and conservationists — Roger Kennedy found himself shaking his head and sighing. The Endangered Species Act was in the cross hairs of a Republican Congress and his beloved National Park Service, which Kennedy directed from 1993 to 1997, was under assault. Kennedy was disgusted by the partisan bickering. When had stewardship of the environment become a political football, he asked, posing a rhetorical question to a reporter. Don't they know that much of the landmark environmental legislation was passed when a Republican, Richard Nixon, was in the White House? "In those...

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