“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 1912.
Today, we celebrate the birth of one of our nation’s most beloved and important conservationists – Theodore Roosevelt. He was an adventurer, cavalryman, and the 26th President of the United States, but many simply remember him as a man who loved and protected the great outdoors.
As a boy, Theodore Roosevelt dreamed of being a naturalist – a scientist who revels in the examination of nature. As an adult, Roosevelt recognized that without dramatic actions, the beautiful, rich and natural resources of our nation – wildlife, open spaces, and open waters – would quickly disappear leaving nothing behind for future generations.
As president, Roosevelt succeeded in making conservation a top-tier national issue for the first time, providing federal protection to nearly 230 million acres of land across the United States.
Today is the perfect day to remember “TR” for his work to create four national game preserves, five national parks, seven conservation conferences, 18 national monuments, 24 reclamation projects, 51 federal bird reserves and 150 national forests.
As the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership proclaims, “Theodore Roosevelt had the foresight to address these issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to ensure critical habitat, special hunting grounds and secret fishing holes will be around for future generations, we must plan carefully today.” In the spirit of TR, the TRCP was established to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by “uniting and amplifying partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding.” And TRCP has been an integral force in mobilizing successful large-scale and multi-partner efforts such as the recent and historic Greater Sage-Grouse conservation agreement, along with other partners such as Audubon. You can celebrate TR’s birthday by learning more about this exciting win.
The Moore Charitable Foundation is proud to partner with the TRCP, and shares its future-facing conservation ethos. Our commitment to open spaces, land conservation, water, and wildlife habitat is directly influenced by our founder Louis Bacon’s passion for nature and dedication to a green legacy for today and tomorrow’s generation of Americans. Today we salute Theodore Roosevelt for being an inspiration, a visionary, and shaping yesterday for today. At The Moore Charitable Foundation, we are proud to humbly follow in your footsteps. On behalf of Louis Bacon and the millions of Americans who love this land – Happy Birthday TR!
“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources and we have just reason to be proud of our growth. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have been still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields, and obstructing navigation. These questions do not relate only to the next century or to the next generation. It is time for us now as a nation to exercise the same reasonable foresight in dealing with our great natural resources that would be shown by any prudent man in conserving and widely using the property which contains the assurance of well-being for himself and his children.” – Roosevelt, May 13, 1908, Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources