[C. Hart] Merriam
To Dr. C Hart(Eligible)
My dear Dr. Merriam,
I send these clippings to give a few hints as to the sheep and forests. Please return them. If you have a file of "The Forester" handy you might turn to the Feb. and July numbers of 1898, and the June of one 1900, for solemn discussions of the "proper regulation" of sheep grazing.
With the patronage of the business in the hands of the Western politician, the so-called proper regulation of sheep grazing by the Forestry Dept. is as hopelessly vain as would be laws and regulations for the proper management of ocean currents and earthquakes.
The politicians in the interest of wealthy mine, mill, sheep, and cattle owners of course nominate superintendents and supervisors of reservations supposed to be harmlessly blind to their stealings. Only from the Military Dept., free from political spoils poison, has any real good worth mention been gained for forests, and so, as far as I can see, it will be no matter how well the Forestry Dept. may organized, until the supervisors, superintendents and rangers are brought under Civil Service Reform.
[Washington, D. C.]
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [C. Hart] Merriam, [1902 Jan ?]." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4593.
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