American forest policy and the chief foresters, 1898-1928

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1967

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The Chief Foresters of the United States Forest Service have molded national forest policy as a reflection of their personal abilities and ideas. Rapid, heedless destruction of the nation's forests led in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to a forest protection movement resulting in extensive reservations of timbered land from the public domain. Despite strong protests from lumbermen and land developers, and in the face of continued devastation from fires and fraud, the government continued to set aside additional forest reserves. [...]

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