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Gifford Pinchot


Gifford Pinchot was appointed chief of the Division of Forestry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beginning an era of scientific forestry where, theoretically, clear-cutting was to be abandoned.

Forest Reserves


President Benjamin Harrison created the 13 million acres of forest reserves including four million acres covering much of the High Sierra.

Sierra Club

June 4, 1892

Sierra Club incorporated with John Muir as President

Forest Reserve Act


Congress passed the Forest Reserve Act, empowering the President to create “forest reserves.” This created the legislative foundation for what became the National Forest system.

Yosemite and General Grant National Parks

October 1, 1890

Congress passed legislation establishing Yosemite and General Grant National Parks in California.