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Theodore Roosevelt: Proclamation 574—Establishing the Cochetopa Forest Reserve, Colorado
Theodore
Theodore Roosevelt
Proclamation 574—Establishing the Cochetopa Forest Reserve, Colorado
June 13, 1905
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By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas, it is provided by section twenty-four of the Act of Congress, approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, entitled, "An act to repeal timber-culture laws, and for other purposes", "That the President of the United States may, from time to time, set apart and reserve, in any State or Territory having public land bearing forests, in any part of the public lands wholly or in part covered with timber or undergrowth, whether of commercial value or not, as public reservations, and the President shall, by public proclamation, declare the establishment of such reservations and the limits thereof";

And Whereas, the public lands in the State of Colorado, within the limits hereinafter described, are in part covered with timber, and it appears that the public good would be promoted by setting apart and reserving said lands as a public reservation;

Now, Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested by section twenty-four of the aforesaid Act of Congress, do hereby make known and proclaim that there are hereby reserved from entry or settlement and set apart as a Public Reservation all those certain tracts, pieces or parcels of land lying and being situate in the State of Colorado, and within the boundaries particularly described as follows:

Beginning at the north-west corner of Township fifty (50) North, Range four (4) East, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section two (2), Township fifty (50) North, Range seven (7) East; thence southerly to the southeast corner of Section eleven (11), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the southeast corner of Section twenty-two (22), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to thesouth-west corner of Section fifteen (15), Township forty-nine. (49) North. Range seven (7) East; thence easterly to the north-east corner Section twenty-three (23), said township; thence southerly along the section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the Twelfth (12th) Correction Line North, to the south-west corner of Section one (1), Township forty-eight (48) North, Range seven (7) East; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section seven (7), Township forty-eight (48) North, Range eight (8) East; thence southerly to thenorth-west corner of Section twenty (20), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence southerly to the southeastcornerof said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-eight (28), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-four (34), said township; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Section twenty-three (23), Township forty-seven (47) North, Range eight (8) East; thence easterly to thenorth-east corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section fourteen (14), Township forty-six (46) North, Range eight (8) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section fifteen (15), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section nine (9), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section six (6), said township; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), Township forty-seven (47) North, Range seven (7) East; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-five (35), said township; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of Section two (2), Township forty-six (46) North, Range seven (7) East; thence easterly to the south-east corner of said section; thence southerly to thesouth-west corner of the north-west quarter of Section twelve (12), said township, thence easterly to the south-east corner of the north-east quarter of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of Section seven (7), Township forty-six (46) North, Range eight (8) East; thence easterly to the south-east corner of the south-west quarter of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of thenorth-east quarter of Section thirty-one (31), said township; thence easterly to the south-east corner of the north-east quarter of Section thirty-five (35), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section twenty-five (25), said township; thence easterly to thenorth-east corner of Section thirty (30), Township forty-six (46) North, Range nine (9) East; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section six (6), Township forty-five (45) North, Range nine (9) East; thence westerly to the north-east corner of Section eleven (11), Township forty-five (45) North, Range eight (8) East; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence westerly to thesouth-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section fifteen (15), said township; thence westerly to thesouth-west corner of Section sixteen (16), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to thesouth-west corner of Section seven (7), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to thesouth-west corner of Section three (3), Township forty-five (45) North, Range seven (7) East; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Township forty-six (46) North, Range seven (7) East; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section thirty (30), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section eighteen (18), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twelve (12), Township forty-six (46) North, Range six (6) East; thence northerly to thenorth-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section two (2), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section five (5), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section nineteen (19), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-four (24), Township forty-six (46) North, Range five (5) East; thence northerly to the north-wesy corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section nineteen (19), said township; thence southerly to thenorth-east corner of Section thirty-six (36), Township forty-six (46) North, Range four (4) East; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section two (2), Township forty-five (45) North, Range four (4) East; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section thirty-four (34), said township; thence westerly along the Eleventh (11th) Correction Line North to the north-west corner of Section four (4), Township forty-four (44) North, Range four (4) East; thence southerly to the south-west corner of Section sixteen (16), said township; thence easterly to the south-east corner of the south-west quarter of Section thirteen (13), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of thenorth-east quarter of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Township forty-four (44) North, Range five (5) East; thence easterly along the Eleventh (11th) Correction Line North to the north-east corner of Section six (6), Township forty-four (44) North, Range six (6) East; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Section seventeen (17), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-one (21), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section one (1), Township forty-three (43) North, Range six (6) East; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section eleven (11), said township; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section sixteen (16), said township; thence southerly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-two (32), said township; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section two (2), Township forty-two (42) North, Range five (5) East; thence southerly to the north-east corner of Section fifteen (15), said township; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section twenty-one (21), said township; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section thirty (30), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section thirteen (13), Township forty-one (41) North, Range four (4) East; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section nineteen (19), said township; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence easterly to the south-east corner of the south-west quarter of said section; thence southerly to the north-west corner of the north-east quarter of Section thirty-one (31), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence southerly along the section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the Tenth (10th) Correction Line North, to the south-east corner of Section seven (7), Township forty (40) North, Range four (4) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section twenty-four (24), Township forty (40) North, Range three (3) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty (20), said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section eighteen (18), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of the south-east quarter of said section; thence northerly to the north-east corner of the north-west quarter of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence northerly to thenorth-east corner of the south-east quarter of Section twelve (12), Township forty (40) North, Range two (2) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of the north-west quarter of said section; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section two (2), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly along the section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the Tenth (10th) Correction Line North, to the north-east corner of Section thirty-four (34), Township forty-one (41) North, Range two (2) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-nine (29), said township; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section seven (7), said township; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section thirty-three (33), Township forty-two (42) North, Range one (1) East; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section twenty (20), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section eighteen (18), Township forty-two (42) North, Range one (1) West; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Township forty-three (43) North, Range three (3) West; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Township forty-four (44) North, Range three (3) West; thence easterly along the Eleventh (11th) Correction Line North to the north-east corner of Section five (5), Township forty-four (44) North, Range two (2) West; thence southerly to the south-west corner of Section sixteen (16), said township; thence easterly to the south-east corner of Section fourteen (14), said township; thence northerly to thenorth-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the south-east corner of Section twelve (12), said township; thence northerly to the north-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the south-east corner of Section five (5), Township forty-four (44) North, Range one (1) West; thence northerly along the section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the Eleventh (11th) Correction Line North, to thenorth-west corner of Section twenty-one (21), Township forty-five (45) North, Range one (1) West; thence easterly to the south-west corner of Section fourteen (14), said township; thence northerly to the north- west corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-six (26), Township forty-six (46) North, Range one (1) West; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section two (2), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said township; thence northerly along the New Mexico Principal Meridian to the north-west corner Section seven (7), Township forty-seven (47) North, Range one (1) East; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twelve (12), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section twelve (12), Township forty-six (46) North, Range one (1) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-six (26), said township; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-west corner of Section eleven (11), Township forty-five (45) North, Range one (1). East; thence easterly to the south- east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the south-west corner of Section six (6), Township forty-five (45) North, Range two (2) East; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence southerly to thesouth-west corner of Section twenty-nine (29), said township; thence easterly to the south-west Corner of Section twenty-five (25), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section nineteen (19), Township forty-five (45) North, Range three (3) East; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section seventeen (17), said township; thence easterly to the north- east corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section five (5), said township; thence westerly to the south-east corner of Section thirty-five (35), Township forty-six (46) North, Range two (2) East; thence northerly to the north-east corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section fourteen (14), said township; thence easterly to the south-east corner of Section twelve (12), said township; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-six (36), Township forty-seven (47) North, Range two (2) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-six (26), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section fourteen (14), said township; thence easterly to the south-east corner of section nine (9), Township forty-seven (47) North, Range three (3) East; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section thirty-four (34), Township forty-eight (48) North, Range three (3) East; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-four (34), Township forty-eight (48) North, Range five (5) East; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the south-east corner of said township; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-three (23), said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section ten (10), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of the south-east quarter of said section; thence northerly along the quarter-section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the Twelfth (12th) Correction Line North, to the south-east corner of thesouth-west quarter of Section fifteen (15), Township forty-nine (49) North, Range five (5) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of the north-east quarter of Section seventeen (17), said township; thence southerly to thesouth-west corner of the north-east quarter of Section twenty (20), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of the south-east quarter of said section; thence southerly along the section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the Twelfth (12th) Correction Line North, to the south-east corner of Section eight (8), Township forty-eight (48) North, Range five (5) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section eighteen (18), said township; thence westerly to thesouth-west corner of said section; thence northerly along the range line, allowing for the proper offset on the Twelfth (12th) Correction Line North, to the south-east corner of Section one (1), Township forty-nine (49) North, Range four (4) East; thence westerly to thesouth-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-west corner of Section two (2), said township; thence southerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section six (6), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Township fifty (50) North, Range four (4) East; the place of beginning;

Excepting from the force and effect of this proclamation all lands which may have been, prior to the date hereof, embraced in any legal entry or covered by any lawful filing duly of record in the proper United States Land Office, or upon which any valid settlement has been made pursuant to law, and the statutory period within which to make entry or filing of record has not expired: Provided , that this exception shall not continue to apply to any particular tract of land unless the entryman, settler or claimant continues to comply with the law under which the entry, filing or settlement was made.

Warning is hereby expressly given to all persons not to make settlement upon the lands reserved by this proclamation.

The reservation hereby established shall be known as The Cochetopah Forest Reserve.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this 13th day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-ninth.


THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

By the President:

FRANCIS B. LOOMIS,

Acting Secretary of State .



Citation: Theodore Roosevelt: "Proclamation 574—Establishing the Cochetopa Forest Reserve, Colorado," June 13, 1905. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=69592.
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