Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Presidents Day 2018

Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, ND

Happy Presidents Day!

My favorite U.S. President was also one of the nation's greatest champions of conservation.

North Dakota Badlands at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.  During his time as President, Roosevelt created designated five national parks; signed the Antiquities Act and used its powers to designate eighteen national monuments, including Devil's Tower (the nation's first) and Grand Canyon; oversaw the creation of the U.S. Forest Service and designated 150 national forests; and designated more than fifty wildlife refuges, including the nation's first at Pelican Island.  Roosevelt's conservation legacy was honored with the creation of Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, ND.  Roosevelt spent parts of several years as a rancher in the area during the 1880s and much of his future conservation ethic was influenced those years.

Devil's Tower was designated the nation's first National Monument in 1906.

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