Dean M. Chriss
Sunrise, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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President Theodore Roosevelt said "I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota".
He first came to these badlands in 1883. In subsequent years he witnessed the destruction of wildlife habitat from overgrazing
as some big game species nearly vanished from the area. During his Presidency, Roosevelt established the US Forest Service and
signed the 1906 Antiquities Act under which he proclaimed 18
national monuments. He also established 5 national parks, 51 wildlife refuges and 150 national forests. This Republican president
told the nation that "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his
part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune". I wonder what Roosevelt might think about the lack
of regard for environmental protection in politics today.