[Robert Underwood] Johnson
4In the few years since the Yosemite National Park was organized & defended a wonderful change for the better has been made. The floor of the forest was dust & ashes. The sheepherder made his campfire against trees twenty to thirty feet in diameter which were waving their green domes in the sky at the time Christ walked the earth.Now these forests--the noblest in the world are saved & the beneficent wealth-bearing wilderness rejoices & begins to look like paradise before the devil began operations there.No. Instead of contracting the boundaries of the forest reserves let them by all means be extended to comprehend all the fountains of the streams on which they fertility of the lowlands dependsBancroft Library
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