Park Rangers and public servants get letters pretty often from youngsters who want to let them know just how much they enjoyed their parks, museums, and other attractions. But the letter a Yosemite National Park Ranger received from a little girl who’d recently visited was a correspondence of a different sort.
You see, Yosemite, much like other parks, has a strict “Leave What You Find” policy. The hope is to maintain the natural habitat and history. Visitors know not to take something they find out of the park. In her letter, though, little Evie admitted that she’d committed a cardinal sin when it came to our national parks.
Evie was so sorry that she “accidentally brought home two sticks,” that she wrote the Rangers a letter — and included the contraband! Reddit user bestmattever was so tickled by it — backward Ys and all — that he shared it online. Understandably, everyone is eating it up!
In her note she writes:
“Dear Park Rangers I am a Yosemite junior ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidentally brought home two sticks. I know I’m not supposed to take things from the park, so I am sending them back. Please put them in nature. Thank you, Evie”
Have you ever heard of anything so cute? But don’t tell Evie that — every single word in that letter was written with the utmost earnestness. In a couple of follow-up posts, bestmattever said he wrote back and included an extra Junior Ranger badge.
He also sent some photos of places within the park that he thought would be suitable homes for the sticks, leaving the choice up to the young girl.
Ultimately, Matt and the other Rangers were so impressed with Evie’s honesty that they hung her letter up in their office.
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