I’d like to give one to the 26th president, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. I can’t think of any political figure who has made more contributions to the environment that this man. He created 5 new National Parks in 4 years. Between 1903 and 1909, he created 150 National Forests, 51 Federal Bird Reserves. He also established 18 National Monuments. He, like many of the early conservationists, was ahead of his time when it came to the notion. On October 4, 1907, Roosevelt made a speech in Memphis; he said, “The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.” Speeches like this were common talk for him; in 1912 he made another proclamation: “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” Just think if Roosevelt had never created all of the parks and forests that we now take for granted…
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