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POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.


Name of Forest
Reserve.
Location. Estimated
area (acres).
Object.
Priest Lake Priest Lake and Priest River basin in Idaho and Washington, from the Great Northern Railroad to the international boundary. 645,120 To preserve the timber for future supply and for development of a productive timber reserve.
Bitter Root The Bitter Root Mountains in Montana and Idaho. 4,147,200 To protect the sources of streams important to irrigation in Montana, Idaho, and Washington; to preserve valuable timber and to restore burned forests.
Washington The Cascade Range from south of the forty-eighth parallel to the international boundary, excepting the settled Skagit Valley. 3,594,240 To prevent destruction by fire, to protect the sources of rivers flowing eastward for irrigation, and to render permanent the timber resources of the western slope.
Olympic The Olympic Mountains. 2,188,800 To make a permanent and profitable reserve of the finest body of timber in the United States.
Mount Rainier The former Pacific Forest Reserve and an extension southward nearly to the Columbia River along the Cascade Range. 2,234,880 To protect the tributaries of the Yakima requisite for irrigation, and to preserve the forest wealth of the State in this region.
Stanislaus Sierra Nevada in California. 691,200 For protection of water supply for irrigation.
San Jacinto San Jacinto Mountains south of the San Bernardino Reserve. 737,280 For protection of water supply for irrigation.
Uinta Uinta Mountains, exclusive of the Indian reservation. 875,520 For protection of water supply for irrigation and development of the forest for local timber supply.

In the letter recommending the establishment of the reserves, the Forestry Commission stated that it fully recognized the fact that the forest reserves previously established and now proposed can not be maintained unless a plan is adopted under which their boundaries shall be so modified as to take from them all land better suited for agriculture than for the production of forests, and under which their timber can be made available for domestic, mining, and commercial purposes, and valuable minerals can be freely sought and mined within their boundaries. The commission also stated that it believed that the solution of this difficult problem would be made easier if the reserve areas were increased, as the greater the number of people interested in drawing supplies from the reserved territories, or in mining in them, the greater would be the demand on Congress for the enactment of laws securing their proper administration. "For this reason," said the commission, "it is the unanimous opinion of the commission that the establishment by proclamation of the reserves described above is now a matter of the