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Teddy Roosevelt

October 29, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
He's one of the most memorable conservationists in our country's history. He also happened to be our president, and an eccentric one at that.

Foreseeing Green

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“Is there any law that prevents me declaring Pelican Island a National Bird Sanctuary?" Teddy Roosevelt once asked his brain trust. “Very well, then,” reaching for his pen, “I do declare it.” Roosevelt shaped the United States’ perceptions about the environment, establishing some of the rules and regulations that we hold most valuable today. While everyone might not have shared Roosevelt’s political views, his work as a conservationist was long-lasting and unprecedented for a United States president.
Theodore Roosevelt’s greatest accomplishment, a symbolic move for posterity, was his establishment of five national parks, each of which is given its own profile on the National Parks Service’s official site. T.R.’s parks and their NPS links are listed below:

Crater Lake, Oregon

Sully’s Hill, North Dakota

Wind Cave, South Dakota


Mesa Verde, Colorado

Platt National Park, Oklahoma
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