Continuing The Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

Today, Thursday March 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. two Golden Eagles and one Bald Eagle will be released in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

This release is a joint effort between Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Dakota Zoo and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The news of the release of these beautiful creatures got me thinking about the true legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt was an avid hunter and, like many hunters, he was a major conservationist. It was his passion for nature and wildlife that brought him to prod congress to set aside around 230 million acres and make it public land. Its a common misconception that Theodore Roosevelt created the National Park system. The National Park system was technically not created until 1916 while President Wilson was in office. However, Theodore Roosevelt was a fervent supporter of protecting wildlife and did create a number of Bird and other wildlife refuges while in office by order of Presidential Decree.

I think he would be proud to know that the National Park bearing his name and other local organizations are maintaining this spirit today. We are truly lucky to have this beautiful land preserved and available for the public to enjoy while keeping our impact on the land and its inhabitants to a minimum.


— Dylan E.

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