thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind."
it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it."
waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead
of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the
days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down
to them amplified and developed.
feel most emphatically that we should not turn into shingles a tree which was
old when the first Egyptian conqueror penetrated to the valley of the Euphrates."
recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use our natural
resources, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob by wasteful
use, the generations that come after us."
nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must
turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value."
function of our Government is to insure to all its citizens, now and hereafter,
their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we of this generation
destroy the resources from which our children would otherwise derive their livelihood,
we reduce the capacity of our land to support a population, and so either degrade
the standard of living or deprive the coming generations of their fight to life
on this continent.
there is any one duty which more than another we owe it to our children and our
children's children to perform at once, it is to save the forests of this country,
for they constitute the first and most important element in the conservation of
the natural resources of this country.