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National Forest Regulation G-20A

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On March 29, 1934, the Secretary of Agriculture approved and put into effect a new National Forest Regulation, known as G-20A. This marks a distinct new departure in federal policy toward the wildlife resources of the national forests. Heretofore the U.S. Forest Service has recognized that fish and game animals were subject in their protection and use only to state law and regulation. Under that conception the functions of the national forest officer were limited to co[odiaeresis]peration with the state game official in the performance of hit duties. As the years have gone on, the thought has steadily gained strength that the wildlife is just as integral a part of the whole national-forest resource as are the timber, forage, and recreational facilities. The failure of states to redeem their responsibilities on many areas has served finally to crystallize this thought into action in the form of the above-mentioned regulation, which is quoted in full below. Assistant Forester Rachford gives us herewith his size-up of the situation. Seth Gordon, President, American Game Association, expresses his doubts as to the workability of the regulation, and Elliott S. Barker, President, Western Association of State Game and Fish Commissioners argues against it.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Forester, U. S. Forest Service

Publication date: 1935-01-01

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