Thursday, December 17, 2015

The "President's Forest" that never happened

                    Point Imperial on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

BACK in 1922, there was a proposal to create "The President's Forest."
Designed and backed by Utah Senator Reed Smoot, this designation  never happened.
It was supposed to be the east half of the Kaibab National Forest, some 500,000 acres of forest going to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, according to the Beaver County News of March 10, 1922.
The designation would have made it game sanctuary -- no hunting and no commercial or private development.
Back in 1922, it was also thought that Cedar Breaks would become a part of Zion National Park, instead of its own National Monument.
Also, Bryce Canyon was incorrectly believed to more likely become a state park, than a National Park.

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