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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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Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed tiff. Display images generated in PhotoshopCS and uploaded into CONTENTdm Aquisition Station.
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 PUBLIC EDUCATION THE ONLY ANSWER 35 It should be the task of our schools to foster a public consciousness of our moral responsibility to this and future generations for a sustained program of revegetation. In the period of necessary financial retrenchment that faces us, the public must be informed of the false economy of even a temporary curtailment of this reseeding program. No investment is more certain of immediate and permanent financial returns than the dollars spent on the rehabilitation of the plant resources of this state. Surely if we can afford hundreds of billions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives in protecting our way of life and our land from enemy attack, we can ill afford to be penurious in fighting the insidious though silent enemyâ€"soil erosion. 4. The values and limitations of the recreational use of land resources. Automobile license plates of 1946 with the phrase "Utahâ€" Center of Scenic America" aptly herald to the world the recreational wealth of our state. Nor is this wealth restricted to parks and monuments of national renown. No hamlet in Utah lies more than a few hours drive over excellent roads from the cool tranquility of a forest camp. The values to weary, civilized man are incalculable. Fishing and hunting are of major recreational importance. It is interesting to recall that in pioneer days fish were abundant in Utah streams and lakes. Herds of antelope grazed the desert plains, but by present standards big game in mountainous areas were scarce. It is not difficult to understand these changes. Our streams have lost much of their productivity because of silting. Fishermen are numerous. Utah Lake, a paradise for fishing in early days, was ruined because of the unfortunate introduction of German carp that destroyed the aquatic vegetation. The antelope perished with the desert grasses. But strangely enough deer flourished only too well under civilization. In 1917 the Forest Service estimated that Utah forests supported a total of 8,105 deer. In 1946 there were 90,000 hunters. Probably more than half of them shot their deer. It is estimated that there were 200,000 deer in Utah at the beginning of the 1946 hunting season. These, be it remembered, were on ranges already overgrazed by livestock. This phenomenal increase in deer is far easier to explain than to excuse. First man exterminated the natural predators of deer. Game preserves were then established, and finally in 1915 the legislature passed a law permitting the killing of buck deer only. The does, being polygamous in nature, neither objected to the law nor abandoned the habit of giving birth to twins. The field of recreation furnishes the greatest popular use of the land resource. More people by far hunt deer than depend directly on the ranges through livestock grazing. Sportsmen organizations produce one of the greatest pressure groups in society.9 Who of us are so emotionally senile as not to thrill at 500 deer feeding in front of the Mountain Dell reservoir? But. how many of us seriously consider the consequences in decreased forage, soil erosion, floods and water pollution? How many sportsmen with empty creels blame their ill luck to deer and livestock overpopulations rather than to the
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Source Original Manuscript: Is Utah Sahara Bound? by Walter P. Cottam.
Setname uu_fwrl
Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
ID 319724
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