Before forests were designated as definite forest area, recreation was present on the lands which were later included by such acts as administrative units. The recreational use of certain of the forests in England, was the prime reason for their being set aside as Crown Forests. Great areas, partly tree covered, and partly open meadow land, were included in these great reservations and within their borders, only the king or the nobility could follow the chase and there find recreation.
Carhart, Arthur H.
"Recreation on Forest Lands,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 9
, Article 7.
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