"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as...

"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value." Which actions were taken by President Theodore Roosevelt in relation to this quote?

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In essence, this question is asking us what Theodore Roosevelt did to promote conservation.  The quote that you cite in this question says that nature is important to people and the country needs to preserve it.  This is a conservationist idea. Theodore Roosevelt’s main conservationist actions were his creation of the United States Forest Service and his expansion of the amount of land under government protection.

Roosevelt believed that the country’s natural resources should be used, but that they should be used carefully.  Therefore, he created the Forest Service to help make sure that natural resources would not get used up too quickly.  This was one of his biggest and most important conservationist actions.

Outside of creating the Forest Service, Roosevelt added a large amount of land to the lands under federal protection.  The article in the link below details some of this.  It says that he added about 230 million acres of land to the lands that the government protected.  By creating the Forest Service and by protecting these millions of acres of land, Theodore Roosevelt promoted the conservationist ideas laid out in this quote.

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