My great-​​great-​​grandfather Theodore Roo­sevelt has the accu­rate rep­u­ta­tion of being one of our country’s greatest con­ser­va­tion­ists. Images of TR embracing the great Amer­ican out­doors by roping cattle on his ranch, hunting buf­falo on the plains, and standing next to the Grand Canyon are just as ubiq­ui­tous in Amer­ican his­tory as the images of him working behind his desk in the Oval Office. His love for the nat­ural world became one of his crowning policy achieve­ments as pres­i­dent. To put it in con­text, the U.S. Forest Ser­vice once cal­cu­lated that he pre­served 230 mil­lion acres of land, or 84,000 acres for each day he was president.

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