Hi I’m Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, and I want to wish a happy birthday to President Theodore Roosevelt. In the 159 years since Roosevelt was born, his name has become symbolic of our deep commitment to our public lands and a belief in the American conservation ethic.
Often called a "force of nature," his undaunted courage and powerful conservation legacy continues to influence lawmakers and provide an example for all nations.
I’m a long-time admirer of Teddy Roosevelt. Like Teddy, I enjoy America's hunting and fishing heritage and have a deep appreciation for the beauty and importance of our public lands.
I believe that they should never be sold or transferred, and I believe that we should be stewards of our treasures "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." As Roosevelt once said, “It’s not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.”
Today, we celebrate the life of a great man, who enshrined an appreciation of our nation’s greatest treasures… our public lands.
Secretary Ryan Zinke on the 159th birthday of a key figure in American conservation: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States