U.S. Governors Convene to Discuss Conservation (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: President Theodore Roosevelt invited the nation’s governors and other dignitaries to Washington, D.C., for the nation’s first major conference on conservation issues.
Summary of Event
On May 13, 1908, the first U.S. conference devoted to conservation issues convened in Washington, D.C. The Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources, often called the Governors’ Conference, was summoned by President Theodore Roosevelt and organized by his conservation advisers. The governors of all the states and numerous other dignitaries were invited to the conference, which lasted three days and led to a broad agreement on principles as well as a proposed course of action.
Roosevelt had become president in 1901, coinciding with the broad reform movement called Progressivism. Roosevelt, a Republican, was the nation’s first Progressive president. Conservation of the nation’s natural resources soon became a cornerstone of the new administration. By Roosevelt’s second term, however, considerable opposition to his conservation program had developed in Congress, which imposed limitations on portions of the president’s policies. Some congressmen demanded that the country’s resources be left in the hands of the individual states. Others objected to the executive direction and domination of conservation policies, an approach that bypassed Congress and stretched federal laws beyond what...
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