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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 21, 1918

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Aug. 21, 1918

HAWLEY SEEKS ADVICE UPON GRAZING BILL

Representative W. C. Hawley has addressed the following circular letter to the people of Jackson county asking advice regarding the bill he has introduced at the request of cattlemen to add a large area to the national parks, in order to bar by regulation California sheepmen from grazing flocks on land for years pastured by Jackson county cattlemen.

The letter follows:

“I am enclosing a copy of H.R. 12.733, which I have introduced at the request of the cattle raisers of the locality affected. These growers for years have grazed their cattle on the lands described in the bill. This year some large California sheep raising companies shipped thousands of sheep into this territory with the result that the range has been eaten out to a very large extent. As I understand, the cattle pay taxes in Jackson county while the sheep will not. The cattle raisers face, as they think, a practical extinction of their industry in this section.

“The bill provides that the lands in the area described in the bill, which were formerly a part of the Oregon California land grant, with other public lands, shall be transferred to the Crater National forest.

“I wish to know whether you and the people of Jackson county are willing for these lands to become a part of the national forest. In former years I have received many protests against any proposed extension of the national forest area in Jackson county.

“The Oregon and California lands and the other public lands which it is proposed to transfer, will, when they are disposed of by the government to private holders, become subject to local taxation. Transferring them to the national forest will keep them off the tax rolls.

“It is stated, however, that the lands described in the bill are of such a character, by reason of their high elevation on the crest of the Siskiyous, steep and broken character, and lack of fertility, are not susceptible of cultivation and are fit only for grazing purposes; that the quarter sections are capable of supporting but a small number of cattle, insufficient to make a living for a person; and that more taxes will be received from them form cattle grazing upon them as part of the forest reserve, and to which is to be added the 25 percent received from the government from forest revenues.

“The above paragraphs are based upon statements made to me. I have no personal information upon the matter.

“I respectfully request to be advised by you whether in you opinion and that of the people of Jackson county these lands should be transferred to the Crater National forest.

“I have received a petition, numerously signed by those who are represented to be resident in the locality or who are engaged in raising cattle there, favoring the transfer.

“The acreage which it is proposed to transfer to the national forest is so large that I think it but just to the people and taxpayers of Jackson county that they should be heard before any action is taken.”

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