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    "Our natural resources are being consumed, wasted, and destroyed...the life of the nation depends absolutely on the material resources which have already made the Nation great."

    Theodore Roosevelt Historic Typed Letter Signed "Theodore Roosevelt" as President, five pages, 8" x 10.5". The White House, Washington, June 8, 1908. To Mr. Murdo Mackenzie. On June 8, 1908, in accordance with a declaration adopted unanimously in May by the Conference of Governors meeting in the White House, President Roosevelt created the National Conservation Commission comprised of four Sections (Waters, Forests, Lands, Minerals) with 12 members each. In this letter, Roosevelt asks Mackenzie to "consent to act as a member of the Commission , in common with the following gentlemen:" Listed are the 48 members divided into four sections; Mackenzie is already listed as a member of the Lands section. Other members include twelve U.S. Senators, ten House members, three former Governors, conservationist Gifford Pinchot (named Commission chairman), and philanthropists Andrew Carnegie and John Hays Hammond. Murdo Mackenzie was president of the American National Livestock Association and one of Roosevelt's staunch western supporters. He later went to South America and managed the Brazil Land, Cattle and Packing Company; TR stayed with him during his River of Doubt exploration in 1913.

    A magnificent, historically significant letter presenting Roosevelt's reasons for conserving our natural resources, still an important issue almost 100 years later. In part, "The recent Conference of Governors in the White House confirmed and strengthened in the minds of our people the conviction that our natural resources are being consumed, wasted, and destroyed at a rate which threatens our present course toward these resources, if we should persist in following it, would ultimately be the impoverishment of our people...The Commission on the Conservation of Natural Resources will be organized in four sections to consider the four great classes of water resources, forest resour

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