Bryce CanyonJune 8, 1908: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt creates the National Conservation Commission, a first-ever effort to inventory the nation's natural resources.

June 8, 1923: Bryce Canyon National Monument is created by U.S. President Warren G. Harding. Featuring the stunning red and orange rock of southern Utah, Bryce Canyon's steep spires and crevices (at right) were created by thousands of years of erosion, freezing and thawing. Five years later, the canyon is elevated to national park status.

June 8, 1971: J.I. Rodale, a pioneer in organic farming, dies in New York City. Jerome Irving Rodale and his children also preside over an empire of "wellness" publications, including Prevention, Men's Health and Runners World. Rodale died suddenly during a taping of a network television show. Before realizing what was wrong, host Dick Cavett reportedly asked the slumping Rodale, "Are we boring you, Mr. Rodale?"

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.

June 8
The National Conservation Commission is formed, and J.I. Rodale dies.