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Celebrating Our Nation’s Eco-Friendly Presidents!

Happy President’s Day! In honor of today’s holiday, we’re celebrating some of our history’s most environmentally-friendly heads of state:

Mount Rushmore

Image via Wikipedia Commons.

Thomas Jefferson

As our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson was responsible for laying down a lot of the groundwork for the way that our country functions. In his spare time, Jefferson spent a good deal nurturing his own curiosity in nature. Did you know? Thomas Jefferson was an avid horticulturist at his Monticello home!

In addition to his own personal admiration for the natural world, Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark expedition, during which a great deal was discovered about our country’s natural landscape and native wildlife!

Theodore Roosevelt

“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” – President “Teddy” Roosevelt

President Roosevelt is widely-regarded as our history’s most environmentally-active leader. During his two terms in office, Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service and created the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Did you know? Over 200 million acres of land were placed under federal protection during Roosevelt’s presidency!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

In addition to guiding America through the Great Depression and World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt championed the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

As the country’s first nationally-united conservation team, the CCC planted billions of trees, cleared up waterways and streams and constructed close to 1,000 parks across the country!

Lyndon B. Johnson

“We see that there is another course…Down this course lies a natural America restored to her people. The promise is clear rivers, tall forests, and clear air – a sane environment for man.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson

During his two terms in office, President Johnson was responsible for creating the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Endangered Species Act of 1966 and the Land and Water Conservation Act of 1965!

Johnson was also the first president to sign acts concerning clean air and water quality into law. Policies like the Clean Air Act and Water Quality Act established quality standards and government authority to combat air and water pollution.

Richard Nixon

Despite leaving a scandalous legacy, President Richard Nixon did many positive things for the environment during his time in office.

In addition to creating the Environmental Protection Agency, Nixon signed the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1974 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which has successfully protected 99 percent of its listed species from going extinct in the last 40 years.

Barack Obama

After many decades of resource abuse and habitat degradation, President Barack Obama has been faced with many challenges when it comes to managing our country’s environmental impact and policies.

In addition to his plans to curb carbon pollution in the US, President Obama is responsible for creating our nation’s first-ever National Ocean Policy. The goal of this policy and its corresponding implementation plan is to streamline how Federal agencies work together to manage the ocean economy, marine planning, habitat protection/restoration and research and exploration.

Did you celebrate President’s Day by getting out and enjoying the natural world? Tell us about it in the comments section!

A Presidential Timeline: Commanders in Conservation

guam national marine sanctuary

Ever visited our DC venue? We represent every National Marine Sanctuary currently under federal protection! Did you know those were established by Presidential executive orders?

In celebration of President’s Day, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest conservation milestones achieved by our nation’s leaders in the last century:

Theodore Roosevelt - established the U.S. Forest Service, the nation’s first national wildlife refuges, five national parks and 18 national monuments.

Richard Nixon - established the Environmental Protection Agency and signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law. There are currently more than 2,000 species listed as threatened or endangered worldwide.

Gerald Ford - approved the designation of the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of North Carolina. It became the nation’s first national marine sanctuary.

Bill Clinton - established, by executive order, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. His executive order also directed the EPA to reduce the amount of pollution on beaches, coasts and in ocean waters.

George W. Bush - designated nearly 200,000 square miles (larger than all of the country’s national parks combined) of Pacific Ocean as a federally protected area just two weeks before leaving the White House. This has become the largest ocean conservation effort in our nation’s history (it is also one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world).

Barack Obama - established a National Ocean Council that will for the first time create a coordinated system for managing America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

While we celebrate these historic milestones in conservation, we know there is still a lot to be done! To find out more about our conservation programs and how YOU can get involved, click here

An exciting day!

National Aquarium staff and visitors gathered together in the Aquarium’s 4-D Immersion Theater to watch as Barack inaugurationObama was sworn in as our nation’s 44th President. With nearly all of the 225 seats were filled, the room was packed with excitement! Sounds of clapper and cheers spread through the theater as Barack Obama and Joe Biden were sworn into office.

The Baltimore Business Journal captured the celebration at many locations around town. Click here to read about it!

Celebrating the presidential inauguration

On Saturday, January 17, 2009, President-Elect Obama will be visiting Baltimore on his way to his inauguration and will deliver a speech near City Hall at Baltimore’s War Memorial Plaza. The speech is scheduled to commence at 4:15 p.m.  National Aquarium visitors and overflow speech-goers will have a chance to see and hear the speech on a large screen in front of the Aquarium on Pier 3 in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Waterfront Park.

For the safety and security of visitors to our city, many downtown streets will be closed on Saturday. Plan your visit to Baltimore City accordingly! Visit getarounddowntown.com, a service provided by Downtown Partnership, for a complete listing of these closures. Also, to accommodate visitors in the area, the Aquarium’s ticket center will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday.Visit aqua.org for details.

If you are traveling to Washington D.C. next week and looking for fun things to do around the city, stop by the newly renovated National Aquarium in D.C. located in the basement of the Commerce building.


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