Gifford Pinchot


John Muir


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I have sent you by this mail a copy of the Land Office map of California, and I want to follow it up with the request that if you have time and feel disposed, you will mark upon it any areas of government forest land, not yet reserved, which should be included. Devastated timber lands, whether their forests have been destroyed by fire or cutting, should be considered not less eligible for government forests than green timber, because the Government alone can protect [illegible] and secure their return to usefulness.I learned yesterday that my direct connection with the Interior Department may terminate with this year, and although I shall reserve the right to hand in such further information as may be formulated after that time, I shall be glad to get your answer as soon as you can conveniently let me have it, if I am not trespassing upon your kindness in making this request.Except for certain administrative clouds which darken the horizon, the general prospect for the forests seems never to have been so bright as now. I am not only confident of maintaining the present Reserves, but full of hope that we shall be able, not only to protect them in the near future, but to increase their area to a notable extent.Please excuse this hasty letter and the rather large request which it contains. If I did not feel that the protection of the Sierra Forest was much more your affair than mine, I should02374


Washington, D.C.

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Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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