March 22, 9
HON BINGER HERMANN,
Commissioner of General Land Office,
Washington, D. C.
Your letter, addressed to Mr. Muir and myself as Presidont and Vive-President of the Sierra Club, received. On behalf of all public spirited citizens of California, interostod in the preservation of the forests, I desire to thank you for your action and the interest you have taken in the matter. I send your letter to Mr. Muir by this mail, and have no doubt that he joins with me in this expression of thanks.
It is extremely hard to get our people to actively inlest themselves in anything not immediately involving their personal interests, and therefore the owners of shoop in this State have heretofore met with little resistance in their enoroaohments upon the public domain. There are really no two sides to the question presented as to whether, in our arid olimato, the pasturing of shoop in the forests of the mountains is injurious. The mischief done is so apparent that such folderol as is contained in the lottor from Mr. L. J. Miller, referred to by you, has become a common argument among those who desire to food their stock at tho public expense. Men who ought to be above urging suoh a reason havo gravely argued the point with me. Nobody, however, but a party in interest, will advocate any suoh notion.
I had a oall the other day from Superintendent Newhall, and he stated that the linos of the Tahoo reservation had been agreed upon and that the President's proelamation would soon be issued. I hope he is correctly inform ed on the subject. The Tahoe reservation is of more interest to tho average California citizon who loves to spend a vacation in tho mountains, than any of our other reservations. Yosemite alone excepted.
1899 Mar 22
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 20 cm.
Olney, Warren, "Letter from Warren Olney to Binger Harmann, 1899 Mar 22." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2367.
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