America the Beautiful By: Marisa Percoco

"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm." -Theodore Roosevelt

Conservation efforts during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency were successful and protected natural resources in the United States because of the signing of the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902, the institution of the 1906 Antiquities Act, and the creation of the National Park Service.

Newlands Reclamation Act

  • Affected sixteen western states
  • Provided irrigation
  • Encouraged settlement
  • Enforced a clean and healthy lifestyle
  • Created hydroelectric power plants
  • 30 million people had their municipal, industrial, and domestic water needs met
  • 60% of the vegetables grown and 25% of the fruits and nuts produced in the United States came from these regions

Antiquities Act

  • Allowed for the creation of national monuments
  • Lands and structures from the ancient past
  • No size limit
  • Proper care and maintenence
  • Fine of up to $500 and imprisonment of up to ninety days
  • Today: 152 national monuments

National Park Service

  • Protects plants and wildlife
  • Main goal is to allow the public to enjoy the land while preserving the land as if humans hadn't touched it
  • Doesn't interfere with natural disasters
  • Today: 59 national parks
Top: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone Bottom: Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument

Credits:

Created with images by charlesmiller - "big sur california pacific" • I Coleman - "Capitol Hill Dome" • music4life - "water sprinklers irrigation field" • psaudio - "devils tower wyoming monument" • zieak - "National Park Service"

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