Read more stories about
Government >>

MATR Sponsor:


MATR Supporters:

Teddy's gift: Public lands, not for sale

May 30, 2018View for printing

At the dawn of the 20th century, a squat, chubby and bespectacled man laid out a series of maps on what was likely a very large table. His focus was the American West. Vast swathes of land that were still mostly unpopulated. He grabbed a pencil and methodically carved out mountain ranges, grasslands, watersheds, wildlife corridors and river basins. In doing so, he effectively stamped, in bold letters meant to last a millennium, a "Not For Sale" sign for huge regions of the American West. Also, in doing so, he introduced to the world the concept of public land.

The man's name was Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States.

SAM KORSMOE

http://missoulian.com/opinion/column ... 9a4494.html
No reader comments so far. Be the first to comment by clicking the button below.





Reprinted under the Fair Use doctrine of international copyright law. Full copyright retained by the original publication. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.


E-mail this page to a friend!