Conservation emerged as a public policy during the first years of the twentieth
century after Theodore Roosevelt became President of the United States. Issues
pertaining to conservation policy helped to propel Roosevelt to seek the
presidency again in 1912, and it was candidate Roosevelt and the Progressive
Party that sought to use conservation as an issue to attract public support.
These pages are about conservation during the Progressive Era of the early
twentieth century, and how conservation became an issue in the 1912 presidential campaign.