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law. While, as heretofore, a general policy of consolidation has been followed on most of the units so established, with a view to placing them as soon as possible in the most advantageous shape for effective protection against fire and for economic administration of their resources, economic changes are taking place on the two units in Arkansas which require radical adjustment of boundaries. In view of this situation, a most careful examination is being made to determine whether additional lands should not be incorporated within these units, and if so, to locate definitely the areas of such desirable extensions and eliminations.

One of the important objectives in connection with the readjustment of the boundaries of one of these units, the Ouachita National Forest purchase unit, is the desirability to incorporate in the forest certain areas of near-by lands on which there is an excellent representation of certain age classes of timber which are not sufficiently represented within the present national forest. When the administration of the present national forest was assumed by the Department of Agriculture all of the timber consisted of trees in mature stands; that is, middle-aged and old classes, ready to be cut as soon as economic conditions justify their sale. At the present time this age class is supplemented by a very young class which has replaced this old timber on areas upon which timber sales have already been made and the old timber cut, and where as a result of protection of the cut-over land it has been possible for restocking to take place. There is a great deficiency, however, in intermediate age classes which would mature in the interval between the cutting of the present old timber and the maturity of these juvenile stands. It is largely with a view to complementing the distribution of age classes in this forest so as to round out the working circles, as the areas subject to progressive fellings are designated, that there is most urgency for additions from a purely administrative point of view. All of these lands, however, irrespective of the age or condition of timber thereon, are of a class which has been reported upon by the Geological Survey in compliance with section 6 of the act of March 1, 1911, upon which the maintenance of the forest cover is of benefit in promoting navigability through the regulation and equalization of stream flow. But in addition to this function of benefiting stream regimen the lands in this region as a whole, which are being considered for inclusion within these two national forests, have high timber-producing capacity, and if in Federal ownership will contribute materially to the future timber supply of the eastern United States.

The several tables which follow show by years the progress of purchase, the distribution of lands by States, by counties, by watersheds, by purchase units, and the average prices which have been paid.

Table 1 shows by years since 1911, which was the year of the enactment of the law authorizing purchase, the gross acreage before survey and prior to the elimination of areas covered by defective title, and the average price of lands the purchase of which was authorized.

TABLE 1.-Gross acreage approved for purchase, by years

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Table 2 shows the distribution by purchase units of lands which have been acquired, additional areas approved for purchase, and the total acreage by purchase units to June 30, 1927.

TABLE 2.-Summary to June 30, 1927, by purchase units of acreage and value of TABLE 2.-Summary to June 30, 1927, by purchase units of acreage and value of land acquired and appraised for purchase under the act of March 1, 1911 (to even acres)— Continued

land acquired and approved for purchase under the act of March 1, 1911 (to even acres)

Approved for purchase

Acquired

Unit

State

Aver

age price

Acres

Area

ар proved

but not acquired

Total
price

Aver

age price

Acres

Total
price

Ala
Pa.
N. c....

1 92, 856
280, 722
54, 761

Alabama..
Allegheny.
Boone...
Cherokee..

Do....

$4.71 $437, 303. 30

89, 640
4.08 1,146, 466.95 214, 506
2. 93 160, 561. 43 54, 740

$4.71
3. 34
2. 93

$422, 037, 09 3,216
716, 759. 88 66,216
160, 449.22 21

do.. Tenn.

6, 656
199, 375

3. 19
4. 71

21, 204. 73
938, 753. 68

6, 656 9,137

190, 238

4.75

902, 804. 57

Total, Cherokee.

206, 031

4. 66

959, 958. 41 190, 238

4. 75

902, 804. 57

15, 793

French Broad..

Do.....

N. C...
Tenn....

20, 318
31, 092

5. 88
6. 97

119, 471.34
216,566.78

20,097
19, 679

5. 87
7. 42

117, 998.04
145, 980. 95

221 11, 413

51, 410

6. 54

336, 038. 12

39, 776

6.64

263, 978. 99 11, 634

Ga..

151, 029

5. 30

800, 397. 49 105, 162

5. 57

585, 732. 52 45, 867

Va.
W. Va..

10, 414
186, 389

2. 70
3. 15

28, 148. 40
584, 202.66

10, 414
165, 639

2. 70
2.99

28, 148. 40
495, 913. 12 19,750

195, 803

3. 13

612, 351.08 176,053

3. 13

Total, French

Broad.
Georgis..
Mononga hela.

Do..
Total, Mononga-

hela.
Mount Mitchell.
Nantahala.
Natural Bridge.
Ouachita..
Ozark.
Pisgah..
Savannah

Do....
Do...

N. c....

.do.. Va. Ark.

do. N.C.

77, 796 * 75, 224 161, 792 * 49, 566 * 57, 580 198,513

8.74
6.92
5. 05
3. 33
3.00
4.84

679, 929. 31
520, 572. 26
817, 685. 88
164, 991. 25
172, 726. 50
477, 276. 02

77, 725
75, 086
157, 246
39, 190
38, 498
98, 460

8.74 6. 92 8.01 3. So 2. 94 4. 84

524, 061. 52

19, 750 679, 319.94 71 519, 904. 50 138 787, 191. 55) 4,546 149, 021. 94% 10, 376 113, 185. 31 19, 083 470, 763. 27 53

Ga.
N. C...
S. C...

95, 393
38, 980
43, 058

6. 70
7.85
6. 01

639, 433.21
305, 961.16
258, 991. 65

89, 783
38, 706
41, 042

6.81
7.87
6.15

611, 788.48
304, 593. 36
252, 315.21

6, 610

274 2,016

Total, Savannah

177, 431

6.79 1, 204, 386.02 169, 531

6.89 1, 168, 697.05

7, 900

Does not include 17,749 acres of national forest created from public domain. : Does not include 3,302 acres, a portion of the Olmsted lands transferred from the Treasury Department to Department of Agriculture under act of July 6, 1912. (37 Stat. 189.). : Does not include 626,594 acres of national forest created from public domain. * Does not include 278,472 acres of national forest created from public domain. • Does not include 8,067 acres, a portion of the Olmsted lands transferred from the Treasury Depart. ment to Department of Agriculture under act of July 6, 1912. (37 Stat. 189.)

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• Does not include 844,128 acres of national forest created from public domain.

Does not include 99,247 acres of national forest created from public domain.

Table 3 shows by States the distribution of the lands approved for purchase during the year and the total acreage of lands approved for purchase since the beginning of the work in 1911, together with the average price per acre and the total value of all lands.

TABLE 3.--Summary of lands approved for purchase by States

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Table 4 shows as of June 30, 1927, the acreage of the purchase units by States, by counties, and by watersheds and the areas which have been approved for purchase and which have been acquired, the average price per acre, and the aggregate price paid by States, by counties, and by purchase units within counties and watersheds.

TABLE 4.-Information as to June 30, 1927, as to purchase units and lands being acquired under the act of March 1, 1911

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TABLE 4.--Information as to June 30, 1927, as to purchase units and lands being acquired under the act of March 1, 1911-Continued

Part I. Location of purchase units

Part II. Approved for purchase

Part III. Acquired

1, 362

538

1. 15

1, 566. 37

678.70

1. 26

State and county

Unit

Watershed

Acres

Acres

Aver

age price

Total price

Acres

A ver

age price

Total price

38, 021

$4.78

$181, 650. 41

6, 217

$5. 11

Georgia-Continued.

Lumpkin.
Murray.
Rabun.
Towns.

Do.
Union..
White.

87, 219

Georgia.
Cherokee
Savannah
Georgia.
Savannah
Georgia

.do.

Etowah
Alabama..
Savannah
Hiwassee.
Savannah.
Tennessee.
Chattahoochee

86, 242

69, 300
56, 875
214, 449
86, 591

5, 559
120, 367
52, 856

$31, 777.73
590, 497.72

4, 765. 99

6.83
3. 95

1, 442

596, 076.00

5, 688. 92

1, 306

6. 84
3. 65

38, 012
34, 027

6. 03
3. 83

229, 362. 89
130, 462. 63

35, 622
26,055

6. 12
3. 65

218, 129. 23
95, 101. 77

Total Georgia

753, 569

246, 422

5. 84

1, 439, 830. 70

194, 945

6. 14

1, 197, 521.00

Maine:
Oxford.

Do..
Do.

Androscoggin.
White Mountain..

do.

Androscoggin.

.do.. Saco.

65, 900 26,689 18, 587

33, 348

5.76

192, 082. 88

32, 256

5. 51

177, 738. 20

Total Maine.

111, 176

33, 348

5. 76

192, 082. 88

32, 256

5. 51

177, 738. 20

16, 360

1.00

16, 360.00

Michigan:

Alcons
Crawford.
Iosco..
Ogemaw
Oscoda.
Roscommon

Tawas.

.do.
.do.
do.
do.
do.

140, 720

46, 482
162, 800

57, 800
185, 920
23, 240

26, 441

1, 040
11, 399

1.00
1.00
1. 00

26, 440.93

1,039. 89
11, 399. 07

iiii

Total Michigan..

616, 962

55, 240

1.00

55, 239. 89

Minnesota:

St. Louis.
Lake.
Cook..

Superior

379, 564
616, 979
657, 602

do..

.do.

Total Minnesota.

1, 654, 145

1, 900

1. 18

2, 245.07

Now Hampshire:
Carroll..

Do.
Coos.

113, 533

8. 59

White Mountain...

.do. Androscoggin.

975, 481.95

8. 52

Merrimack
Saco..
Androscoggin.

105, 981

---..

8, 579
143, 534
56, 532

903, 432. 80

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