The Big Tree or Giant Sequoia (Sequoia gigante)

Throughout his life, Theodore Roosevelt treasured America's forests. "A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral," he once wrote.

During his presidency, Roosevelt increased the number of forest reserves from 60 to 150. In 1905, he appointed Gilford Pinchot as Chief of the new U.S. Forest Service. Pinchot professionalized the field of forestry in the United States and, like Roosevelt, favored the comprehensive management of natural resources.