The great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt wants a ban on development at the site of the former president's ranch in the western North Dakota badlands.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt wants a ban on development at the site of the former president's ranch in the western North Dakota badlands.
Tweed Roosevelt is seeking a national monument designation for the Elkhorn ranch.
President Barack Obama can declare the area a monument without permission from Congress.
A monument designation would block a proposed gravel mine at the ranch site.
It would also complicate plans to build an oil service road and a new bridge over the Little Missouri River.
Theodore Roosevelt ranched in the area in the 1880s, and his supporters say he developed his conservation ideas then.
The federal Forest Service and the National Park Service own the property. But a private landowner holds the mineral rights. He wants to mine gravel at the site.