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Forest Reserve Act of 1891 By: Rebecca Konkus



Preserving Natural Resources, Protecting Our Forests.

  • law that allows the Presidents of the United States to set aside forest reserves (national forests) from land in the public domain.

  • Purpose was to maintain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations, as well as protecting watersheds from erosion and flooding.

  • The act was passed because the increasingly urbanized nation began to realize how crucial preservation of natural resources is.

  • After two decades of debate over granting titles to public lands, as well as general theft of natural resources, finally the Forest Reserve Act law was passed in 1891.

Citations

1. http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1602.html
2. http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5322

3. http://www.fs.fed.us/global/wsnew/fs_history/issue12.doc external image deforestation_bolivia.jpg external image AshridgeForrest.jpg