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Ames Forester

Abstract

The importance of proper management of the nation’s 728 million acres of range lands has received greatly increased recognition during the past five years. Many new developments pertaining to the range have occurred and a number of new agencies have entered the field. Soil conservation and flood control measures have been undertaken on vast acreages of depleted grazing land. Control is rapidly being extended over the one-time open public domain. Research projects involving both forage and watershed problems have been expanded on winter, spring-fall, and summer range areas. Numerous studies of the social and economic aspects of range use have been initiated with both state and federal agencies participating. Under the Agricultural Adjustment Act, benefit payments have been made during 1936 and 1937 for improved management practices on over 50 million acres of range land. Range problems are being given serious consideration by regional, state and county planning agencies.

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