W[illiam] R[ussell] Dudley
given the question, more or less careful attention apparently fix $250,000 (or more) as the annual rental which the grazing lands (U.S. Gov't) of this state ought to yield. I am not enough of an expert to know if this estimate is a fair one. but the reason why I have looked upon the leasing of the grazing lands as a sound proposition, and have been attracted toward is is as follows: a [illegible] can be obtained which can be devoted to a forestry service, and to irrigation works, withered calling on
[in margin: will flock into the training schools which will spring up in our Universities, to fit for this work I shall hope to see you this winter
sincerely W.R. Dudley ]
Congress for special appropriations for such a service for such works, (and it is generally conceded that the East is too little interested in these questions to support such measures in Congress.) As funds will then be available from such rentals, the creation of an expert forestry service a U.S. Govt service - would be almost a logical necessity the temporary service of "rangers" should, as soon as possible give way to this expert service, the US Division of Forestry your idea of civil service tests coincides with mine. We both desire trained men (such as the US Geol. Survey has.) for this hoped-for, great Division of Forestry. Pinchot is the best man possible to organize such a bureau and is steady employment is assured young men in numbers
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Dudley, William Russell, "Letter from W[illiam] R[ussell] Dudley to [recipient unknown], [ca. 1898]." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2334.
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