C.S. Sargent


John Muir


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ARNOLD ARBORETUM.source of many streams watering broad valleys east and west of these mountains. The forests which cover the Big Horn Mountains are composed of Pines and Spruces of small size; they contain sufficient material, nevertheless, to supply the local demands of agricultural settiers and of possible mining operations, but are not commercially valuable. These forests, however, protect the sources of many streams capable of irrigating a large territory which without irrigation can produce only scant and uncertain pasturage. The forests on the big Horn Mountains have already suffered severely from fire as the country becomes more settled fires may be expected to increase, and as forests reproduce themselves slowly in this dry climate their loss will reduce the irrigating capacity of these streams and the value of many valleys of central Wyoming for agriculture. The proposed big Horn Reserve contains only fifteen quarter sections which are covered by existing entries, finding, selections or other claims on record on the Tract Books in the General Land Office up to January 20th of theARNOLD ARBORETUM.value. This proposed Reserve contains the Teton Range of mountains and Jackson Lake, and some of the grandest and most picturesque scenery or the Rocky Mountains. Within its borders are many streams flowing west, south and north, and as a reservoir of moisture it is important. Incidentally it may be mentioned that the proposed Reserve is a favorite home of the elk and other large game, and that as a gone Reserve it would well supplement the Yellowstone National park and the Yellowstone fork Timber Land Reserve. Within the proposed Reserve only two quarter sections have been entered. A number of settlers, however, are living on unentered lands in the neighborhood of Jackson Lake.The Flat Head Forest Reserve.This proposed Reserve embraces both slopes of the main Rocky Mountain Range or continental divide in northern Montana and extends from near the line of the Great Northern Railroad northward to the International Boundary. It has on estimated area of 1,882,400 acres and contains within its boundaries several high glacier-covered peaks, numerous takes and the sources of important streams. Nowhere in the United States is there more sublime mountain scenery. The eastern portion of this proposed Reserve consists of lands recently purchased from The Blackfoot Indians under a treaty ratified by Congress on the l0th or June, 1896. The eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains are here steep and rugged and are mostly covered with dense forests of02281


Jamaica Plain, Mass

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