During Teddy Roosevelt’s time in office conserving our natural resources became a prominent issue as shown by the creation of laws that were made to protect the land, leaders that were appointed and national parks that were created.
Theodore Roosevelt's Creation of Laws Regarding Conservation
“The Antiquities Act is the first law to establish that archeological sites on public lands are important public resources. It obligates federal agencies that manage the public lands to preserve for present and future generations the historic, scientific, commemorative, and cultural values of the archaeological and historic sites and structures on these lands. It also authorizes the President to protect landmarks, structures, and objects of historic or scientific interest by designating them as National Monuments” (National Park Service).
Great Leaders Appointed
“In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Pinchot the first head of the U.S. Forest Service which grew, with Pinchot’s vision, out of the Department of the Interior. Pinchot promoted conservationism—the efficient management of natural resources by trained professionals” (Theodore Roosevelt Center).
Creation of National Parks
“By the end of 1906 he had proclaimed four national monuments: Devil's Tower, Wyoming, on September 24 and El Morro, New Mexico, Montezuma Castle, Arizona, and Petrified Forest, Arizona, together on December 8. He also interpreted the authority expansively, protecting a large portion of the Grand Canyon as a national monument in 1908” (National Park Service).