Boundary Waters Canoe Area History Center
Logging of big pines in future BWCA begins.
Passes "Organic Act" giving President power to modify executive orders regarding
national forests. Regulates cutting practices.
1902, Comm. of U.S. General Land
Withdraws 500,000 acres in future BWCA from availability for settlement. (659,700 more
acres withdrawn in 1905-08)
Passes act authorizing Forest Service to manage National Forests.
1909, MN Game and Fish Commission
Establishes 1.2 million acre "Superior Refuge" in same area.
1909, Secretary of Agriculture
Petitions Roosevelt to have withdrawn area designated Superior National Forest (SNF).
Roosevelt designates withdrawn area the Superior National Forest. (It does not include all
the current BWCA.)
Declares all minerals under lakes and streams State property.
Passes "Weeks" Act making possible land acquisition within designated areas.
Passes Act authorizing Forest Service (USFS) to grant temporary occupancy in National
Forests of parcels of less than 80 acres in size for a maximum of 30 years.
Influx of recreationalists into SNF begins to be significant.
1919, Forest Service
Employs Carhart to prepare first plan for SNF usage.
Compiled by H.C. Johnson, M.L.
Heinselman, E.M. Sitz.
An outline of Boundary
Waters Canoe Area History
History Page | 1895-1919 |
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