Why Teddy Roosevelt is an Important Part of the Outdoor Industry

Written by:

Ben Rosamond

Teddy Rosevelt over looking a gorgeous canyon.

Everybody probably knows a little something about each president. Thomas Jefferson did the Louisiana Purchase, Franklin D. Roosevelt led us through the great depression and WWII, and Abraham Lincoln Led the country to victory against the confederacy. As for Teddy Roosevelt he is known for a lot of things. Among his accomplishments are building the Panama Canal, strengthening the Navy, and was one of the first Americans to receive the Nobel peace prize. 

Teddy Rosevelt riding a horse through old American villages

Among all of these accomplishments is one that is still relevant in America today, Conservation and National Parks.

When he was not being President he was an avid outdoor enthusiast. Today there are six national parks that are dedicated to former President Teddy Roosevelt. These national parks were not an easy fight though. Among the parks he fought for is the famous Yellowstone National Park. Although the park was already a national park, he fought for the sovereignty of it against mining and railroad interest. His victory was a huge win, which in hindsight, saved the park and furthered his noble agenda of conservation. In the thoughts of Roosevelt's, he did not want people to abuse these beautiful lands for economical benefit.

A flock of Pelicans on Pelican Island, Florida.

Not only was he a hero for land conservation he also knew the risks of extinction. A prime example of this is his work on Pelican island in Florida. This Island was home to many types of shorebirds, which are birds one can mostly find living near the water. Roosevelt saw that they were hunted for plumes of womens hats and knew that the next possible outcome of this could be an extinction of different bird species. 

A young Teddy Rosevelt petting a Pelican in order to bring awareness to extinction of many bird species.

Knowing that this could happen he set aside the island as a bird reservation and refuge. After doing this once, more places in America were created to refuge animals that were on the verge of extinction or endangerment. Throughout his time in office he signed legislation that led to a huge wave of conservation. Among his accomplishments are the creation of the US Forest Service, 5 National parks, and 51 bird reservations. 

Teddy Rosevelt posing with a rifle to show off his hunting skills.

Roosevelt, also a hunter, led other hunters to support his conservation agenda. He knew that the only way to preserve the outdoorsman way of life was to make sure that they could preserve the animals and keep them safe. One of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quotes concerning this issue goes, “In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.”

Roosevelt’s legacy still lives on today as we all can visit these beautiful and historical parks.  

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