The Cure for the O. and C. Situation

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After pointing out the difficulties of avoiding partisanship in issues involving the management of natural resources, the author reviews briefly the history of the revested lands in the Oregon and California Railroad grant, with special reference to payments in lieu of taxes. He believes that the present controversy over lands within the indemnity limits of this grant is due to the desire of the counties to obtain additional revenues from them, to the ambition of the Department of the Interior to enlarge its jurisdiction, and to an innate public distrust of any organization (in this case the Forest Service) with control over large bodies of land. His conclusion is that legislation should be enacted placing federal payments in lieu of taxes on the same basis throughout the entire nation.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Formerly, Professor of Forestry, Yale School of Forestry, and past president, Society of American Foresters

Publication date: August 1, 1945

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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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