Report of the Public lands commission with appendix.

Coville, Frederick Vernon, 1867-1937. Hatton, John H. Newell, Frederick Haynes, 1862-1932. Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946. Potter, Albert Franklin, 1859-Richards, William Alford, 1849-

xxiv, 373 p. 2 pl. (1 fold.) 2 fold. maps, diagrs. 23 cm. 58th Cong., 3d sess. Senate. Doc. no. 189 Signed: W.A. Richards, F.H. Newell, Gifford Pinchot. Partial report of the Public lands commission. (Senate doc. no. 188, 58th Cong., 2d sess.)--Second partial report of the Public lands commission. (Senate doc. no. 154, 58th Cong., 3d sess.)

Annotation: Questions regarding the public grazing lands of the western United States, by A.F. Potter.--A report on systems of leasing large areas of grazing land, together with an outline of a proposed system for the regulation of grazing on the public lands of the United States, by F.V. Coville.--Administration of the "timber and stone act," etc.--Operation of the commutation clause of the homestead act in the Dakotas, by J.H. Hatton.--Method and detail of business in the General land office.--The public domain and its disposition to June 30, 1904.

American Memory note: The leading conservationists in the Theodore Roosevelt administration sought to establish Federal conservation policy as a comprehensive whole, integrating natural resources conservation and development with the just, rational and efficient management of the public lands. To that end, a Public Lands Commission was appointed by the President in 1903, charged with examining and reporting on "the condition, operation and effect of the present land laws, and on the use, condition, disposal and settlement of the public lands." This document is the Commission's Report. Supporting its brief conclusions with extensive documentation in the form of a lengthy Appendix, the Report recommends modification of certain existing land-law provisions, the institution of certain new policies, and a systematic program of land classification, in order to prevent the abuse of land laws by speculators and natural-resource profiteers, and to aid in the orderly and efficient development of natural resources. Some of its recommendations, notably those concerning the classification and leasing of grazing lands, created considerable controversy in the West, and were not implemented. The Commission's recommendations reflect the basic belief of Gifford Pinchot and other conservationists in the Roosevelt Administration that continued public ownership and wise public control over the exploitation of the remaining resources in the public domain should replace disposition of public lands to private owners as the central mechanism of policy. (For a fuller analysis of the Commission and its Report in historical context, see Samuel P. Hays, Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920 [Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1959], pp. 60-70.)


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