The Lessons of the Market

Karen R. Merrill

in Public Lands and Political Meaning

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228627
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926882 | DOI:
The Lessons of the Market

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This chapter argues that the issue of fees involved much more than money. It involved both the extent of federal power and the ways in which the government understood itself to be the owner of the national forests. The shift away from agrarianism marked a changed conception of what goals were involved in Forest Service policies. William Greeley worked hard to earn the approval of politically organized ranchers. He often noted that “the open range live-stock industry of the West has got to be re-built.” With the end of the Stanfield hearings in the fall of 1925, the furor over the Forest Service died down somewhat. The shadow presence of the public domain raised the stakes in the grazing-fee controversy, changing the shape of the contest so that it did not simply concern grazing areas in the national forests but also the future administration of all federal grazing lands.

Keywords: federal power; government; Forest Service; William Greeley; agrarianism; national forests; grazing

Chapter.  15528 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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