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Relation of the National Forests to a Policy for the Unappropriated Public Lands

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The Chief Forester contrasts briefly the benefits derived from administering the national forest lands according to a sound policy and the problems created by the lack of policy toward our public domain. Under the basic policy in effect for national forest administration the permanent usefulness of the lands is safeguarded, while the unappropriated public lands are greatly depreciated by abusive practices. The test of jurisdiction to be applied to unappropriated public lands is whether or not they serve a national purpose so distinctive as to warrant their retention by the federal government, or in the absence of such benefit how they can best be brought to their highest use. The Forest Service sees in the unappropriated public lands a stewardship to be redeemed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief Forester, U. S. Forest Service

Publication date: March 1, 1931

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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