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President Theodore Roosevelt with John Muir at Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park in 1906. In 1903 Roosevelt joined Muir to tour the area and upon Roosevelt’s request spent much time camping in “the real Yosemite” mostly on their own. It was in that time Muir made the case for remedying with federal government protection and management what he viewed was mismanagement by the California state government of the area. It was this encounter that led to Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley being added to what is now Yosemite National Park in 1906 via the Yosemite Recession Bill.

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In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt accompanied Muir on a visit to Yosemite. Upon entering the park, Muir told the president about state mismanagement of the valley and rampant exploitation of the valley’s resources. Even before they entered the park, he was able to convince Roosevelt that the best way to protect the valley was through federal control and management.

Subsequent to witnessing the magnificent splendor of the valley, the president asked Muir to show him the deep and unseen parts of Yosemite. The parts that took work, effort, and time. Muir and Roosevelt set off largely and alone setting up camp in the back country. Under the stars the duo spoke about its wonders at Glacier Point waking to snow’s dusting. Roosevelt spoke how he would never forget that night. 

May we never too. 

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May 28th 1892: Sierra Club founded

On this day in 1892, John Muir founded the famous environmental organisation - the Sierra Club - in San Francisco, California. Muir was a notable conservationist and preservationist and became the Club’s first president. The Sierra Club worked to establish and protect federal national parks, most famously Yosemite National Park. Their cause received a boost during the Progressive Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency (1901-1909), who was a naturalist like Muir. Some of the Club’s most notable successes since 1892 came during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programme, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. The Sierra Club continues to be an influential group in the United States as one of the largest pressure groups in the nation. It has a significant influence over environmental issues and dedicates itself to tackling climate change and damage to the environment, most recently protesting against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Happy birthday to President Theodore Roosevelt! As President, Roosevelt established 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments on over 230 million acres of public land. His words and actions were a massive contribution to the conservation movement and solidified his legacy as a champion of public lands. Photo of Theodore Roosevelt at Yellowstone National Park courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo of Theodore Roosevelt National Park by Gary Anderson, National Park Service. Photo of President Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite National Park from Yosemite National Park’s archives.  

Inspirational Quote for the Signs

Aries: “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Taurus: “If you dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney

Gemini: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” -Oprah Winfrey

Cancer: “Never, never, never give up.” -Winston Churchill

Leo: “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Virgo: “Hope is a waking dream.”
-Aristotle

Libra: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Scorpio: “I can, therefore I will.” -Simone Weil

Sagittarius: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln

Capricorn: “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” -John Muir

Aquarius: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Pisces: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” -Confucius

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May 28th 1892: Sierra Club founded

On this day in 1892, John Muir founded the famous environmental organisation the Sierra Club in San Francisco, California. Muir was a notable conservationist and preservationist and became the Club’s first president. The Sierra Club worked to establish and protect federal national parks, most famously Yosemite National Park. Their cause received a boost during Progressive Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency (1901-1909), who was a naturalist like Muir. Some of the Club’s most notable successes since 1892 came during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programme, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. The Sierra Club continues to be an influential group in the United States as one of the largest pressure groups in the nation. It has a significant influence over environmental issues and dedicates itself to tackling climate change and damage to the environment, most recently protesting against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.