A legacy worth defending

In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt came to Colorado for a three-week bear hunting trip. Perhaps inspired by Colorado’s beauty, that same year, he created the U.S. Forest Service to manage lands for public use. In 1906, he signed the Antiquities Act, which has since led to the designation of over 100 national monuments. These were some of the first and most important steps to recognize our national treasures such as our mountains, rivers, forests and prairies. Roosevelt’s vision — that the people should hold public lands — has inspired our state’s great legacy: more than a third of Colorado is now held as public lands.

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