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(Cheryl Carlin)

Where the Wild Things Are

President Theodore Roosevelt started what would become the world's most successful experiment in conservation

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Whatever the outcome of the next ANWR debate, few would quarrel with the original Theodore Roosevelt's belief that refuges are of "capital importance" in protecting wildlife. "To lose the chance to see frigate-birds soaring in circles above the storm," he wrote in his 1916 memoir, Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open, "or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad of terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach—why, the loss is like the loss of a gallery of the masterpieces of the artists of old time."

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