Saturday, September 6, 2008

Preserving our deserts

(Washington, D.C, July 2008)

(Grand Canyon, July, 2005)

(Joshua Tree National Park, November, 2000)

Last July my family and I visited Washington, D.C.. One morning, as we strolled the halls of the United States Capitol, this quote by Theodore Roosevelt caught my eye.

Roosevelt was called "the conservation president" and signed legislation that established five national parks including Crater Lake, four national monuments including Petrified Forest, and many game and bird preserves. In 1908 he also set aside a large portion of the Grand Canyon as a national monument.

What an amazing legacy!

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