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Looking Back: Remainder of public lands are withdrawn

75 years ago — From the Friday, Feb. 15, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

The days of homesteading are past so far as it applies to the remaining public domain. In preparation for a nationwide conservation program, President Roosevelt last week withdrew all remaining public lands from use.

His order, completing that of last November, affects about 1.2 million acres and puts the final touch on withdrawal from settlement, location, sale or entry of the entire 165,695,000 acres of public domain.

The November order was to make possible segregation of 80 million acres of permanent livestock grazing areas as part of the Taylor Act.

The president said the withdrawal, applicable to 12 states, was “pending the determination of the most useful purposes to which they may be put in furtherance of the land program and conservation and development of natural resources.”

He added that this land, not suitable for the profitable growing of crops, was destined for the conservation and development of forests, soil and other natural resources, the creation of grazing districts, and the establishment of game preserves and bird refuges.

Reservoirs for head of Yampa River planned

The Yampa Reservoir Association was temporarily organized at a meeting held in Yampa on Jan. 5. The purpose of the association is to take the preliminary steps toward the construction of two reservoirs in stillwaters on the upper Yampa River. A second meeting was held in Yampa last Friday attended by about 35 water users of the district who succeeded in getting a subscription of funds necessary to engage an engineer and an attorney to get the project started right.

The first step in the procedure will be to get all the water rights in shape and to form an irrigation district in order that the proposed project may be eligible to get funds from the public work administration. Two reservoirs will be constructed to reserve the floodwaters of the Yampa River originating in the Flat Tops. There are four reservoir sites on the river between Yampa and the Flat Tops, which have been filed upon by the association. For the present the plan is for two of them to be made available for water storage.

2 men say they prefer bumming to doing work

Two husky men giving their names as Willard L. Green and Raymond D. Green are having an opportunity to work out a fine of $10 and costs imposed on them by Police Magistrate J.Q. Groesbeck when they were brought before him on a charge of vagrancy Wednesday morning. They pleaded guilty to the charge.

They gave their residence as anywhere and everywhere and had presumably hitchhiked to Craig. They went to the town authorities and asked for food and when they were told they could do some work for their meal, they said they did not work, but preferred to bum.

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