Looking Back: Remainder of public lands are withdrawn
February 14, 2010
75 years ago — From the Friday, Feb. 15, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
The days of homesteading are past so far as it applies to the remaining public domain. In preparation for a nationwide conservation program, President Roosevelt last week withdrew all remaining public lands from use.
His order, completing that of last November, affects about 1.2 million acres and puts the final touch on withdrawal from settlement, location, sale or entry of the entire 165,695,000 acres of public domain.
The November order was to make possible segregation of 80 million acres of permanent livestock grazing areas as part of the Taylor Act.
The president said the withdrawal, applicable to 12 states, was "pending the determination of the most useful purposes to which they may be put in furtherance of the land program and conservation and development of natural resources."
He added that this land, not suitable for the profitable growing of crops, was destined for the conservation and development of forests, soil and other natural resources, the creation of grazing districts, and the establishment of game preserves and bird refuges.
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