On June 12, , Congress passed the Multiple Use-Sustained Yield Act, designed to prevent the obliteration of national forests by logging and water reclamation projects. This law officially mandated the management of national forests to "best meet the needs of the American people. The Multiple Use Act emerged from a strong history of diverse uses of the federal reserves. Early settlers assumed access to and free use of public lands. The text of the Sundry Civil Act of mandated that no public forest reservation was to be established except to improve and protect forests and water flow. The act also provided for free use of timber and stone and of all reservation waters by miners and residents. The Act of February 28, , strengthened use policy by providing for recreational use of the reserves.
This law authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to develop and administer the renewable resources of timber, range, water, recreation and wildlife on the national forests for multiple use and sustained yield of the products and services. This is the first law to have the five major uses of national forests contained in one law equally, with no use greater than any other. By the s, the national forests no longer held enough resources to meet the growing needs of an increasing population and expanding economy. The U. Forest Service had operated within broad authorities since Gifford Pinchot 's time as Chief Forester. Now, for the first time the agency had a specific congressional directive which stipulated that timber sales were not in all cases to be the limiting factor.
Why would you behave any different now. I just feel relieved that there are others of you out there in the same boat as me. Tears in my eyes after reading this. And a YW leader feels soory for my daughter who is growing up in a home without the priesthood.