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Title Is Utah Sahara Bound?
Subject Agriculture--Utah; Land use--Utah
Description The 11th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Cottam, Walter Pace, 1894-
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1947-02-19
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Resource Identifier,458
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.37 no.11
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Is Utah Sahara Bound?," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2009-03-13
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Description PLANT RESOURCE AND MULTIPLE LAND USE 31 It has been known for years that our desert environment has set limits for agricultural expansion, the maxima of which are not far beyond the present production. Under an expanded industrial economy it will be imperative that agriculture, and especially the grazing resource, be modified and geared to the new order. But whether or not these industrial developments materialize, there is an urgent need for re-evaluation of our plant resource, especially in watershed areas. Multiple Use of Land It is well to emphasize again the fact that the future of our state must always depend on the proper management of the renewable resources that spring from the soil. To summarize, these values include: 1. Our water supply, without which life in this desert area is impossible. 2. The vegetation, on which all livestock and wild animals of the land depend. 3. Our forests and forest products. 4. Recreational, uses. The plant resource problems that now confront us are due not to the inability of mountains to support these multiple uses, but rather to our failure of proper resource appraisal and management. We must quickly realize that every human use of the land is directly or indirectly dependent on a well conserved soil and that water is the one resource to which every other use must be subservient. This idea of the supreme importance of water in a land use program is not new and the problems that produced it are national rather than regional. Indeed this idea was the basic motive that led to the establishment of the U. S. Forest Preserves. F. B. Hough openly advocated a national forest movement for the purpose of watershed protection in a paper before the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1873, and in 1890 a petition by the A.A.A.S. to the President of the United States recommended that a commission of competent men be employed to " . . . investigate the necessity of preserving certain parts of the present public forest areas as a requisite for the maintenance of favorable water conditions."31 A year later President Harrison, through an act of congress, set aside our first Forest Reserve areas. The national forests in Utah were established a half century ago at a time when the grazing industry first experienced great distress as a result of forage impoverishment. While limited areas on important watersheds were temporarily withdrawn from grazing use because of flood hazards, the majority of these public lands continued to support livestock, but, of course, under definite regulation in regard to animal numbers and seasonal use. To have managed these lands otherwise would have been fraught with economic disaster to Utah in general and to rural communities in particular. What is more important, our democratic process of government, opposed as
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Source Original Manuscript: Is Utah Sahara Bound? by Walter P. Cottam.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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