While we were happy to return to Nebraska after 18 years in Virginia, we missed the Azaleas and Rhododendron that we had learned to love. We were able to get this "Hardy Azalea" a few years ago and have it on the north side of the backyard fence. While it's no match for the 20 or so that we had in our backyard in Virginia, it is a good reminder of them. We are in a severe thunder storm warning area this evening with tornado warnings being issued for nearby areas. We have had some rain and are hearing thunder outside. We are watching "Big Burn; American Experience" on NET as we wait for the continuation of Ken Burns PBS series on the "National Parks". The "Burn" program tells much of the story of the founding of the U.S. Forest Service.
Gifford Pinchot is recognized as a leader in the establishment of the Agency along with President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir. One of the early leaders of the Forest Rangers was William Greeley. His son Arthur, was Associate Chief of the Forest Service during the early years that Elaine worked for the Agency in Washington, D.C. and had frequent contact with him. Tomorrow, April 27 is the 81st anniversary of the establishment of the Soil Conservation Service by H.H.Bennett and Franklin D. Roosevelt. While the Forest Service is some 35 years older, the two Agencies have long been recognized as "sister conservation agencies".