Remembering Roosevelt: Celebrating a Century of Conservation

Dedicated in 1922, the preserve was established to encourage the replenishment of natural resources and wildlife that had been depleted in Ohio’s past. It was known as a propagation area. A propagation area is a designated place used to reproduce a species. The preserve housed ring-necked pheasants, wild turkeys, deer, partridges, and other wildlife. It was named after President Theodore Roosevelt, who had set aside land for national parks during his presidency, and was purchased with hunting license dollars.

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