An auditorium at the Interior Department may be an odd place to discuss the great outdoors, but there was President Obama today (April 16) pledging to build on the conservationist legacy of some of his predecessors, according to USA Today.
“Even in times of crisis, we are called to take the long view, to preserve our national heritage,” Obama told the White House Conference on the Great Outdoors.
The 44th president noted that the 16th chief executive, Abraham Lincoln, carved out Yosemite National Park during the Civil War; Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Then of course there’s the other Roosevelt, Theodore, who made conservation a hallmark of his legacy, including five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 federal bird reservations and 150 national forests.
Obama said he could never match TR’s conservationist record, but does hope to “enrich” it.
The current president did cite one TR outdoor activity he doesn’t plan to emulate, however: “I will probably never shoot a bear.”
Click here to read Obama’s official remarks.