started his efforts to preserve Yellowstone National Park as early
as 1894 when he as president of the Boone and Crockett Club (a hunters'
organization comprised of eminent scientists, lawyers and politicians)
worked the Secretary of the Interior to enlarge the park and improve
its governance. The resulting legislation provided new levels of
protection from commercial development and "ecological destruction".
Conservation of natural wonders
and natural resources became TR's legacy. In 1903, President
Roosevelt came to inspect Yellowstone.
you imagine a tree so big that a whole group of grownups looks so
tiny? Here we find President Theodore Roosevelt with naturalist
John Muir at Yosemite in 1903.
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the
Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon
of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons;
and our people shoud see to it that they are preserved for their
children and their children's children forever, with their majestic
beauty all unmarred." Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter
of the most critical parts of US defense was a strong Navy, and
a Navy which could be quickly mobilized to protect either the eastern
or western coastal waters. The building of a canal on the isthmus
of Panama would be critical to the strategic strength of the United
States. Here TR inspects the canal construction in Panama in 1906.