Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States of America
The Conservation President
Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States and was a champion of conservation.
Roosevelt transferred the U.S. Forest Service, created by Congress in 1905, into the Department of Agriculture. He signed the 1906 Antiquities Act that proclaimed 18 new U.S. monuments, and provided for the protection of archeological sites and significant natural wonders in the U.S.
During his presidency, he used executive orders extensively to protect and conserve land. By the end of his second term, President Roosevelt had placed 230,000,000 acres of land under protection––many of the parks, forests and national treasures we enjoy today.
In our own backyard, we are grateful that on July 17th, 1936 Roosevelt officially designated the Talladega National Forest.This parcel of land covers 392,567 acres of mountain, streams and forests. It stretches from near Hollins, AL (Lat: 33° 10′ 23.41” N X Long: 86° 15′ 5.90” W) northeasterly direction up to Spring Hill, AL – very close to our home office in Piedmont, AL (Lat: 33° 58’ 22.36” N X Long: 85° 33’ 13.86” W).