Kid writes apology letter to national park after taking a pine cone home

January 6, 2019 Updated: January 6, 2019

It is understandable that young children get excited when they see cute little things and want to take them home. That was what a kid did when at a national park in California. However, the child soon realized this was a mistake and made amends.

In June 2016, an adorable apology note was uploaded to the Facebook page of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Based on the handwriting, the note seemed to come from a young person who had taken home a pine cone.

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The note read:

“To whom it may concern:

I took a pine cone out of the forest and I wanted to return it. I hope it will be placed near the General Grant tree because that is where I took it.

I am sorry for my decision.”

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According to the Facebook post that accompanied the picture of the note, what the kid took home wasn’t a pine cone. Instead, the cone was from the General Grant tree, a 3,000-year-old sequoia.

Just in case you are curious with the child’s actions, the park explained that “it’s actually against park rules” to take home a pine cone.

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“It’s a tough environment here,” the park wrote in the post. “The animals need their nibbles and the area needs the seeds and vegetation. Also, cones and other plants deteriorate and help to create soil in this rocky environment.”

Dana Dierkes, branch chief of communications and outreach of the Parks, told The Huffington Post that if every visitor were to take home something from the park, “there’d be nothing left.”

“Different types of plants and cones like that are used by wildlife,” Dierkes added. “You could be taking something that’s a food source for an animal.”

Needless to say, the park was pleased with the kid’s actions:

“We are so glad this young person thought about the park’s preservation messages. Thanks for leaving Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks as you found them. And, thanks for sending this back, buddy!” the park concluded.

Who would have expected a young kid to take responsibility and rectify the issue? Whoever this kid is, he or she definitely deserves to be praised for righting a wrong and putting first the needs of the National Park.


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