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Teddy Roosevelt & The Creation of Parks,

Teddy Roosevelt was our greatest conservation President. He created the National Park System, National Forests and the National Wildlife Refuge System. In all, Roosevelt is credited with conserving 230 million acres during his presidency.

TR came to conservation first as a lover of the outdoors. Roosevelt was passionate about camping, hunting, fishing and exploring. This love of nature led him to use his leadership to preserve our natural heritage. Through the creation of the National Park System, Roosevelt started the movement that has lead to all the park systems we know today. His passion for the land is clear in the quotes from Roosevelt below.

"In utilizing and conserving the natural resources of the Nation, the one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight... The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life."

"...All the great natural resources which are vital to the welfare of the whole people should be kept either in the hands or under the control of the whole people."

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It's ironic that he wanted to create the National Parks systems and stuff. He was an avid hunter, sportsman and outdoorsman. I always thought that he wanted to create these National Parks to preserve wild life for himself to shoot. But it has worked out in that these have now preserved animals for the future generations.
 
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