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Public Lands and Political MeaningRanchers, the Government, and the Property between Them$
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Karen Merrill

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228627

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228627.001.0001

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The Lessons of the Market

The Lessons of the Market

(p.67) Chapter 3 The Lessons of the Market
Public Lands and Political Meaning

Karen R. Merrill

University of California Press

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

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