Theodore Roosevelt supported conservation. In fact, he sometimes referred
to conservation as "my policy." Theodore Roosevelt was the
first president to support and foster the modern conservation movement.
Roosevelt was also interested in the preservation of natural areas as national parks.
Roosevelt's interest in conservation
arose, in part, for his personal love of the out-of-doors, and, in part,
from his experience living and working in North Dakota, part of the arid
west where water conservation seemed so important.
As a public leader, Roosevelt was also
keenly interested in achieving greater organization, efficiency, and
order in economic affairs. Conservation was part of this
Roosevelt acted as
President to placed conservation on the national policy agenda.
While in office, Roosevelt emphasized scientific training in the
selection of public officials in those parts of the executive branch
concerned directly with natural resources. In 1908, Roosevelt
hosted a Governors' Conference concerned with the conservation of water
and other natural resources. Also in 1908, Roosevelt sponsored a
National Conservation Commission, which issued a 3 volume inventory of
American natural resources.
spoke on behalf of conversation on several occasions, and conservation
was a part of the Progressive Party platform in 1912, and an issue that
Roosevelt raised in the campaign.