[Theodore P.] Lukens
us to mountain club in South sheep in mts excess want to have them removed
Martinez, Jan. 10, 1899.
My dear Lukens,
I am glad to know you look favorably on a mountaineering club for your end of the state & I send you the first Mazama bulletin for ideas. You are so far from S.F. you need a club there in the south. The more clubs the better for we are going to have a good deal of work in the reservations. The sheepowners in particular are already giving trouble & promise more next season. I have just learned from Mr Bartlett, Forest Supervisor of Sierra Reservation that 200,000 sheep invaded & desolated the reservation last summer under a temporary concession made by the Secretary Bliss & now thus encouraged certain land & timber speculators combined
with the sheepowners have sent on agents to Washington to obtain leases of the entire Reservation for sheep grazing furing the coming season
We must at once get to work in quick hearty opposition to this, or soon there will be complete surrender at Washington & destruction of the forests & the interests depending on them.
Please write to Perkins & to the Department of the Interior, & get as many others as you can to do the same. Bliss has gone but the man put in his place may be as bad.
Write also to Gifford Pinchot, Washington D.C. He is now head of the Division of Forestry & needs bracing against sheepmen mining men etc assaults
1899 Jan 10
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Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to [Theodore P.] Lukens, 1899 Jan 10." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2339.
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