1. PUBLIC LANDS
As N.D. drilling boom spreads, so do worries about Roosevelt's 'cradle of conservation'
Elkhorn Ranch, where Theodore Roosevelt moved to heal after his first wife and mother both died on Valentine's Day 1884, came to be known as the "cradle of conservation" because it inspired the president's environmental ethic. But now the solitude and splendor of the badlands ranch is threatened by a rapidly expanding oil boom.