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Out of the many things President Theodore Roosevelt was famous for his love for nature and desire for conservation is perhaps his most well-known trait. Roosevelt gained his respect for nature after he spent much of his youth ranching in the Dakota territories- despite having been born in a well-off family. In addition to his ranching experience, Roosevelt also led several scientific explorations in South America and Africa which made his love for nature grow. Once he became president in 1901 he spent much of his presidency to environmental conservation. Though he was born in New York, he had an endearing affinity to the American west which he worked hard to conserve. His work was especially evident in 1908 when he dedicated two hundred ninety-five acres of donated forest as a national monument he named Muir Woods on January 9th. Two days later he added the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona to the monument system; during the dedication he said, “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it is now.” Five days later he dedicated the system of rock formations and caves known as the Pinnacle National Forest to the system. His last addition to the expansion of federally protected land was the Jewel Caves in South Dakota on February 9th. After Roosevelt left office his efforts were not abandoned and several presidents have continued to dedicate land to the protected system to preserve their ominous beauty.