John Muir and Warren Olney
DEPARTMHfT OF THE INTERIOR,
COPY General Land Office,
WASHINGTON, D. C. March 10, 1899,Mr. John Muir, Resident, and
Mr. warron Olnoy, Vice-President, Sierra Club,
San Francisco, California.
Replying to your telegram of March 7, 1899, I have to say that the evidence before this office ie overwhelmingly against sheep-grazing in the Sierra Forest Reserve.
The reasons stated for opposing the pasturage of sheep within said reserve aro of the most substantial and convincing character, and come from what appears to be disinterested souroes. The Forest Superintendent and Supervisors have made exhaustive reports opposing it.
There are four petitions from Madera county signed, respectively, by 40, 52, 105 and 117 citizens, and two from Tulare County signed by 72 and 120 citizens, all opposing sheep-grazing in the reserve.
In reply to letters of Inquiry by Superintendent Newhall, Mr. Marion Medley of Lodge, Mr. F. Femmons of Gertrude, Mr.George Telford, Mr. w. P. Hedgepeth, and Mr. A. w. Frederick, make statements which Indicate that sheep should be excluded from the reserve. This offioe is also in receipt of letters from Mr. Wm. Hoskins of Lodge, Mr. Goo.Solby of Ksngsburg, Mr. John S. Eastwood of Fresno, and Mr. John G. Eckles of the Weekly Review, Porterville. to the same effect.
The only loiters favoring the sheep come from Mr. L. J. Miller He ears that sheep-grazing has no serious effect "upon the water flow in any way. but has a tendency to prolong the water flow, as the snow rests longer upon clean ground than upon ground encumbered with brush". He says that sheep men are willing to pay as high as five dollars per season for eaoh 640-aere government tract, and that the public interests would be best served loy permitting sheep to enter the reserve, and argues generally in favor of allowing limited pasturage within the reservation.
In view of all the facts as presented to this office, superintendent Newhall was advised, by letter of February 13, 1899, that no modification of the existing regulations would be made and that the sheep must be excluded from tho reserve.
Very respect fully,
1899 Mar 10
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 20 cm.
Hermann, Binger, "Letter from Binger Hermann to John Muir and Warren Olney, 1899 Mar 10." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2363.
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