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Proclamation 543—Establishment of the Trinity Forest Reserve, California

April 26, 1905


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 reservation and the limits thereof";

And Whereas, the public lands in the State of California, 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 California, and within the boundaries particularly described as follows:

Beginning at the north-west corner of Section seven (7), Township nine (9) North, Range seven (7) East, Humboldt Base and Meridian, California; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section ten (10), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section eighteen (18), fractional Township nine (9) North, Range eight (8) East; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section Twenty (20), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-eight (28), said township; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Section thirty (30), Township thirty-eight (38) North, Range twelve (12) West, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian; 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 thirty-two (32), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section four (4), Township thirty-seven (37) North, Range twelve (12) West; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section eleven (11), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section sixteen (16), Township thirty-seven (37) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the northeast corner of Section twenty-four (24), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section one (I), Township thirty-six (36) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence westerly to the northeast corner of Section nine (9), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section thirty-three (33), said township; thence westerly along the Seventh (7th) Standard Parallel North to the north-east corner of Section five (5), Township thirty-five (35) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section seventeen (17), Township thirty-four (34) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section eighteen (18), said township; thence southerly to the northwest corner of Township thirty-three (33) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section nine (9), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section twenty-two (22), Township thirty-two (32) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section nineteen (19), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), Township thirty-two (32) North, Range twelve (12) West; thence westerly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-four (34), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence westerly to the north-east corner of Section six (6), Township thirty-one (31) North, Range twelve (12) West; 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 north-west corner of Section twenty-eight (28), said township; thence easterly to the northeast corner of Section twenty-seven (27), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-five (35), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of said section; thence easterly along the Sixth (6th) Standard Parallel North, to the southwest corner of Township thirty-one (31) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section eighteen (18), said township; thence easterly to the south-west corner of Section eleven (11), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twelve (12), said township; thence northerly to the northwest corner of Township thirty-one (31) North, Range ten (10) West; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section four (4), said township; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Section twenty-two (22), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section thirty-four (34), said township; thence easterly along the Sixth (6th) Standard Parallel North, to the north-east corner of Section two (2), Township thirty (30) North, Range ten (10) West; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Section twelve (12), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), said township; thence westerly to the north-east corner of Section thirty-three (33), said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section four (4), Township twenty-nine (29) North, Range ten (10) West; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Section seventeen (17), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Section twenty-nine (29), said township; thence easterly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), said township; thence southerly to the north-west corner of Township twenty-eight (28) North, Range nine (9) West; thence easterly to the north-east corner of said township; thence southerly to the south-east corner of Township twenty-six (26) North, Range nine (9) West; thence westerly along the Fifth (5th) Standard Parallel North, to the south-west corner of Township twenty-six (26) North, Range eleven (11) West; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), Township twenty-six (26) North, Range twelve (12) West; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-three (23), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the southwest corner of Section fifteen (15), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the southwest corner of Section eight (8), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the southwest corner of Section six (6), said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section sixteen (16), fractional Township two (2) South Range eight (8) East, Humboldt Base and Meridian; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section seventeen (17), said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section six (6), said township; thence westerly to the south-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-five (35), Township one (1) South, Range seven (7) East; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-seven (27), said township; thence northerly to the north-east corner of Section twenty-eight (28), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-one (21), said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section seventeen (17), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the southwest corner of Section seven (7), said township; thence northerly along the range line, allowing for the proper offset on the Humboldt Base Line, to the south-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), Township one (1) North, Range six (6) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the northwest corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section twenty-three (23), said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section three (3), 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 township line, to the south-east corner of Section twenty-eight (28), Township two (2) North, Range six (6) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section eight (8), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section five (5), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Township three (3) North, Range six (6) East; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section twenty-five (25), Township three (3) North, Range five (5) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section fourteen (14), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section ten (10), said township; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said section; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section thirty-three (33), Township four (4) North, Range five (5) East; thence westerly to the south-west corner of said township; thence northerly to the south-east corner of Section thirteen (13), Township five (5) North, Range four (4) 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 south-west corner of Section eleven (11), said township; thence northerly to the north-west corner of said section; thence westerly to the south-west corner of Section three (3), said township; thence northerly along the section lines, allowing for the proper offset on the First (1st) Standard Parallel North, to the north-west corner of Section fifteen (15), Township six (6) North, Range four (4) East; thence easterly to the south-west corner of Section ten (10), Township six (6) North, Range five (5) East; thence northerly along the section lines to the intersection with the southern boundary of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation; thence northeasterly and northwesterly along the boundary of said reservation to the intersection with the township line between Townships eight (8) and nine (9) North, Range five (5) East; thence easterly along said township line to the south-west corner of Township nine (9) North, Range seven (7) East; thence northerly to the north-west corner of Section seven (7), said township, the place of beginning; such of the above-named corners as have not been established by the official surveys being intended to be located at the points where such corners would fall in projecting the surveys in the directions indicated without allowing for any irregularities which may occur in actually extending the surveys;

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 Trinity 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 26th day of April 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.

Signature of Theodore Roosevelt

THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

By the President:

ALVEY A. ADEE,

Acting Secretary of State.

Theodore Roosevelt, Proclamation 543—Establishment of the Trinity Forest Reserve, California Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/207251

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