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Theodore Roosevelt: Proclamation 547—Enlargement of the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve, Arizona
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Theodore Roosevelt
Proclamation 547—Enlargement of the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve, Arizona
May 6, 1905
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By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas, The Grand Canon Forest Reserve, in the Territory of Arizonia, was established by proclamation dated February twentieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, under and by virtue of 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," which provides, "That the President of the United States may, from time to time, set apart and reserve, in any State or Territory having 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, it is further provided by the Act of Congress, approved June fourth, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, entitled, "An act making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and for other purposes", that "The President is hereby authorized at any time to modify any Executive order that has been or may hereafter be made establishing any forest reserve, and by such modification may reduce the area or change the boundary lines of such reserve, or may vacate altogether any order creating such reserve";

Now, Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, by virtue of the power vested in me by the aforesaid act of Congress, approved June fourth, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, do hereby make known and proclaim that there is hereby reserved from entry or settlement, and added to and made a part of the aforesaid Grand Canon Forest Reserve, all those certain tracts, pieces or parcels of land lying and being situate in the Territory of Arizona and within the boundaries particularly described as follows:

Beginning at the point where the range line between Ranges four (4) and four and one-half (4 1/2) West, Salt Lake Meridian, intersects the boundary line between the State of Utah and the Territory of Arizona; thence due south twelve (12) miles; thence due west four (4) miles; thence due south six (6) miles; thence due west eight (8) miles; thence due south to the center of the stream bed of Snake Gulch; thence in a westerly direction along the center of the stream bed of said Gulch to its intersection with Kanab Creek; thence in a general southerly direction along the middle of the channel of said creek to its intersection with the north boundary of The Grand Canon Forest Reserve; thence easterly along said boundary thirty-eight (38) miles; thence due north seven (7) miles; thence due west two (2) miles; thence due north four (4) miles; thence due west two (2) miles; thence due north five (5) miles; thence due west one (1) mile; thence due north twelve (12) miles; thence due east one (1) mile; thence due north to the boundary line between the State of Utah and the Territory of Arizona; thence westerly along said boundary line to its intersection with the range line between Ranges four (4) and four and one-half (4 1/2) West, Salt Lake Meridian, 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 tract of land reserved by this proclamation.

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 6th day of May, 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 547—Enlargement of the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve, Arizona," May 6, 1905. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=69559.
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