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U.S. Postal Service Unveils Galen Rowell Stamp for 2006

U.S.P.S Galen Rowell Yosemite 84-cent StampBreathtaking photographs from the nation's National Park system, including Galen Rowell's Winter Sunset, Gates of the Valley will appear as part of the U.S. Postal Service's 2006 definitive stamp program.

In announcing the program, David Failor, Executive Director of Stamp Services, also released images of other 2006 stamp and stationery items. "Customers can share a glimpse of America's beautiful National Park system when corresponding internationally," said Failor, referring to photographs of the Great Smoky Mountain, Yosemite Valley and Bryce Canyon depicted on international rate stamps.

Yosemite National Park, California (84-cent int'l. letter rate)

This international rate stamp in the Scenic American Landscapes series features a photograph of the Gates of the Valley in Yosemite National Park, taken by Galen Rowell. Text on the stamp reads, "Yosemite National Park, California."

Established on October 1, 1890, the park consists of 747,956 acres in the Sierra Nevada. With the impressive Yosemite Valley as its centerpiece, the park includes a breathtaking range of geographical features, such as waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, expansive meadows, groves of giant sequoias and granite monoliths such as El Capitan and Half Dome.

Each year nearly four million people enjoy the spectacular sights of Yosemite. Approximately 800 miles of marked trails can be found in the park. Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite is designated wilderness.

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