FOREST RESERVE—Would I be allowed to trap on a forest reserve in New Mexico? How could I get logs to build a cabin on such a reserve?
The following answer is from the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Washington, D. C.: “The National Forests of the United States are, with two exceptions, open to hunters and trappers without any restriction or requirement other than compliance with the game laws of the State or Territory within which the forest is located. The two exceptions are tile Wichita National Forest in the State of Oklahoma, which Contains within its limits the Wichita National Game Refuge, and the Kaibab and Tusayan National Forests in the Territory of Arizona, which contains within their limits the Grand Canyon National Game Refuge, The killing of wild animals upon either of these game refuges, except as permitted by the Secretary of Agriculture, is prohibited by specific acts of Congress, and the regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture prohibit the killing of all classes of animals except mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, wildcats, skunks, porcupines and rabbits, which may be destroyed at any time upon the Grand Canyon Game Refuge unless prohibited by territorial law. With the exceptions noted, there is no objection on the part of the government to the trapping of furbearing animals upon lands belonging to the government within National Forests; but, on the other hand, the killing of predaceous animals destructive to live stock or wild game is encouraged as far as possible, and a limited number of hunters are employed for this purpose by the forest service.
“Trappers desiring to occupy National Forest lands and to construct cabins thereon are required to secure special-use permits from the Supervisor of the Forest within which the privilege is desired These permits are issued free of charge to trappers, miners and prospectors, and allow the occupancy of an area not exceeding one acre in any case. “The cutting of either green or dead timber for the construction of cabins is not allowed except under permit issued by the Supervisor, which may be granted free of charge, or at a nominal charge for stumpage, as the circumstances war rant.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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