What Role Did Theodore Roosevelt Play In Wildlife Conservation?

Theodore Roosevelt is considered by many to have been our country’s “Conservationist President”. This is because conservation was one of Roosevelt’s main concerns. Many of his personal concerns first gave rise to his environmental efforts after he became President in 1901. Roosevelt used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands by creating the U.S. Forest Service and establishing 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 4 National Game Preserves, 150 National Forests, 5 National Parks, and enabling the 1906 American Antiquities Act which he used to proclaim 18 National Monuments. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt protected approximately 230,000,000 acres of public land. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Roosevelt is remembered and honored as a great conservationist.

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