Theodore Roosevelt

  • In 1887, twenty-nine year old Teddy Roosevelt embarked on a Dakota hunting trip in search of big game. He found none, and was shocked at the degree to which man had impacted the landscape and its wildlife. He remained deeply concerned about the nation’s natural resources for the balance of his life, and his enthusiasm was unmatched for many years. As President, he was responsible for the creation of 53 wildlife reserves, 16 national monuments, five new national parks, and thirty-two forest reserves.