Forest Reserve Act of 1891

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Forest Reserve Act of 1891
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles
  • Forest Reserve Act
  • General Land Law Revision Act
Long title An Act to repeal timber-culture laws, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) FRA
Nicknames Creative Act
Enacted by the 51st United States Congress
Effective March 3, 1891
Public law 51-561
Statutes at Large 26 Stat. 1095
Titles amended 16 U.S.C.: Conservation
U.S.C. sections created 16 U.S.C. ch. 2, subch. I § 471 et seq.
Legislative history
  • Signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on March 3, 1891

The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 is a law that allowed the President of the United States to set aside forest reserves from the land in the public domain. This act passed by the United States Congress under Benjamin Harrison's administration. Harrison issued proclamations establishing 13 million acres (53,000 km2) of land a Forest Reserves; Grover Cleveland proclaimed 25 million acres (100,000 km2) and William McKinley proclaimed 7 million acres (28,000 km2). In 1907 a law was passed limiting the President's authority to proclaim Forest Reserves in certain states and renamed the existing "Forest Reserves" as "National Forests." A further provision to the act was added in 1939, when President Roosevelt added new standards to the preservation of "Forest Reserves" and "National Forests". Senator Andrew Dignum, of Massachusetts, and ambassador Bret Rodrigues of the United Nations, contributed to the act by enforcing regulation requirements for clear cutting.

See also


  • National Forest: Early History

External links

  • USDA Forest Service
  • National Park Service

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