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PUEBLO, COLO., OCTOBER 6, 1925

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B. F. Davis, secretary-manager Colorado Stock Growers' Association,

Denver, Colo----

3271

Resolution adopted urging that permits to graze on the national for-

ests be made permanent, opposing commercialization of the grazing

resources of the national forests, and urging adoption of the so-

called Phipps grazing fees bill---

3272

R. F. Rockwell, chairman Delta County Stockgrowers' Associa-

tion.-

3272

Webster 8. Whinnery, Lake Fort Stockgrowers' Association,

Lake City ---

3272

L. H. Rouviere, Gunnison County Stockgrowers' Association,

Gunnison..

3272

Claude D. Simpson, Powderhorn Stockgrowers' Association,

Powderhorn

3272

Ezra K. Baer, Rio Blanco Stockgrowers' Association, Meeker,

Colo

3272

Resolution approving regulation of grazing livestock on the public

domain.

3272

J. W. Goss, chairman Pueblo County Stockgrowers' Association. 3272

W. B. Middlemist, Kannah Creek Stockgrowers' Association,

Whitewater.

3272

Frank Fehling, Chaffee County Stockgrowers' Association,

Nathrop-

3272

Frank C. Monroe, Southern Colorado Stockgrowers' Associa-

tion, Thatcher..

3272

Francis Holland, U. D. & E. Stockgrowers' Association, White-

water

3272

R. P. Mergelman, Gunnison County Stockgrowers' Association,

lola...

3272

J. S. Hoffman, Colorado Stockgrowers' Association, Sapinero,

Colo.

3272

List of livestock associations present at the adoption of the above

resolutions

3273

A. Stanley Lewis, president Beulah Valley Cattle Association, Beulah,

3290

Recommendations of the Beulah Valley Cattle Association

3290

Mell De Witt, cattleman, Buena Vista, Colo---

3297

Frank Fehling, cattleman, Nathrop, Colo---

3301

James R. Jones, lawyer, 531 First National Bank Building, Denver, Colo.,

proposing an amendment to the general leasing act of February 25,

1920

3305

Earl Erhart, cattleman, Centerville, Colo---

3310

J. M. Goss, cattleman, Pueblo, Colo---

3320

W. H. Billington, cattleman, Pueblo, Colo-

3324

John H. Hatton, assistant district forester in charge of grazing, United

States Forest Service, Denver, Colo---

3330

Grazing livestock on the national forests in Wyoming and Colorado 3330

Size of permits to graze livestock in the national forests from 1909

to 1925

3334

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Hon. T. W. Tomlinson, secretary American National Livestock Associa-

tion, 515 Cooper Building, Denver, Colo-----

3337

Letter addressed to Col. W. B. Greeley, Chief Forester, United States

Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.,

dated December 16, 1924, analyzing the range appraisal report of

C. E. Rachford, of the Forest Service --

3339

History of increases in grazing fees.

3339

Present reappraisal ---

3340

Value of cattle ranges has depreciated.

3341

Rental value of private land..

3312

The “ favored-few" argument.

3342

What is the interest of the public--

3313

Forest Service restrictions on grazing livestock in the national

forests

3313

Congress should announce a definite policy ---

3344

Testimony of Mr. Tomlinson, opposition to the Rachford report.- 3311

Extracts from the report of G. S. Klemmedson, Bureau of Agricul-

tural Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, cooper-

ating with the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station—"An

economic study of the costs and methods of range-cattle produc-

tion on 41 ranches in Colorado in 1922".

3346

Reductions for the purpose of redistribution.

3345

Legalizing grazing use of the national forests.

3349

Regulation of grazing on the public domain.

3350

Grazing on the national forests on an area basis---

3350

Grazing fees on the national forests.--

3351

C. W. Beach, sheepman and irrigation, Pueblo, Colo---

3356

Frank Parsons, cattleman, Weston, Colo., member, State board of stock

inspection commissioners.

33.77

Claude H. Rees. State representattive from Garfield County, Ritle, Colo.-- 3362

Letter dated March 11, 1920, to Hon. Gilbert N. Haugen, chairman

Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives, Washington,

D. C., from the Western Slope Stock Growers' Protective Associa-

tion, Ben White, president, R. C. Callen, vice president, and Claude

H. Rees, secretary---

3364

Comparison of grazing on privately owned land and the forest

reserves.

3366

Extracts from the report of G. S. Klemmedson, Bureau of Agricul-

tural Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, coop-

erating with the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station—"An

economic study of the costs and methods of range-cattle produc-

tion on 41 ranches in Colorado in 1922".

3367

Telegram from Coke T. Roberts, cattleman, Hayden, Colo.---

3370

Frank Delaney, district attorney, ninth judicial district of Colorado,

Glenwood Springs, Colo---

3371

Approving regulation of grazing on the public domain.

3372

Bill introduced in Congress by Senator Phipps to authorize and

regulate grazing of livestock on the unreserved public domain.--- 337+

Amendments suggested to said bill.-

3375

Statistics of public lands in the State of Colorado--

R. C. Callen, State senator, cattleman, Silt, Colo---

3389, 3393

J. A. Blair, forest supervisor, the White River National Forest, L'nited

States Forest Service-

3392

John H. Hatton, assistant district forester in charge of grazing, United

States Forest Service, Denver, Colo.

3393

S. P. Sloss, cattleman, Sloss, Colo.-

3398

Claude D. Simpson, cattle and sheep man, Powderhorn, Colo---

3406

Kenneth W. Chalmers, secretary Leadville-Holy Cross Sheep Growers'

Association, Garo, Colo----

3411

Recommendations of the Leadville-Holy Cross Sheep Growers' Asso-
ciation -

3411

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Kenneth W. Chalmers, etc.—Continued.

Brief presented to the Secretary of Agriculture by representatives of

the National Wool Growers' Association and the American Na-

tional Livestock Association in regard to charges for grazing live-

stock on national forests as appraised by the United States Forest

Service and set forth in a report entitled “Range Appraisal Re-

port" (the Rachford report)-F. R. Marshall, Salt Lake City,

Utah, Vernon Metcalf, Reno, Nev., Kenneth Chalmers, Garo, Colo- 3412

Some high spots in the history of the western grazing situation.. 3412

Adjustments of inequalities in charges for grazing-

3413

A few of the basic facts.

3413

The status of permittees---

3413

Competition between forest permittees and other livestock

raisers.

3414

Ten-year permits.-

3414

The range appraisal report.

3415

Recommendations.---

3416

Grazing on the forest reserves on a legal basis and stability in the

livestock business-

3418

Commercial value of the range.

3422

E. F. Haley, sheepman, Rifle, Colo..

3426

Recommendations of the Leadville-Holy Cross Wool Growers' Asso-

ciation

3426

R. J. Major, merchant and cattleman, Rifle, Colo., a member of the

Piceance and Roan Creek Stockgrowers Association, indorsing the

resolutions adopted at the joint conference of stockmen at Salt Lake

City, August 24 and 25, 1925_

3428

The public domain and taxation in the State of Colorado-

3429

Fred Light, cattleman, Aspen, Colo-----

3433

0. W. Randall, homesteader and stockman, Eagle, Colo., regarding home-

steading on agricultural lands within the forest reserves..

3439

H. L. Borden, forest supervisor, United States Forest Service, Glenwood

Springs, Colo., regarding homesteading on agricultural lands within

3440

Ezra K. Baer, cattleman, Meeker, Colo--

3440

Hon. Edward T. Taylor,'Member' of Congress, Glenwood Springs, Colo-- 3448

The legal status of the public lands in western Colorado--

3148

Conditions on the forest reserves--

3450

Attitude of the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Repre-

3451

The Rachford range appraisal report.-

3152

Losses from predatory wild animals, and other factors-

3452

The 640-acre stockraising homestead law--

3455

The public domain problem in western Colorado-

3456

Report No. 1073, House of Representatives, Sixty-third Congress,

second session, “Addition to Uncompahgre National Forest in

3458

Bill recommended by committee -

3459

Report of the Secretary of Agriculture on the bill

.

3459

Report of the Secretary of the Interior on the bill..

3460

Petitions from the State of Colorado urging passage of the bill. 3462

Committee recommends expeditious passage of the bill.-- 3463

Letter from Hon. Clay Tallman, Commissioner General Land

Office, Department of the Interior, giving the status of the

3463

Court of Claims of the United States, decided May 23, 1910 :

The White River Utes, et al v. The United States..

3464

3464

3470

3171

Court of Claims of the United States, okcided Feb. 13, 1911 :

The White River Utes et al. v. The United States.

3478

Supplemental finding of facts..

3478

3478

3479

sentatives.

NATIONAL FORESTS AND THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1925

UNITED STATES SENATE, SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE, on PUBLIC LANDS AND SURVEYS,

Pueblo, Colo. The subcommittee met at 10 o'clock a. m., on Thursday, October 6, 1925, in the Federal Building, Pueblo, Colo., pursuant to adjournment on Friday, October 2, 1925, Senator Ralph Cameron presiding.

Senator CAMERON (presiding). The committee will come to order. This is a subcommittee of the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys of the United States Senate, proceeding under Senate Resolution No. 347 passed at the last session of Congress. This committee is ready to hear testimony pertaining to the public domain, the forest reserves, mineral reservations, national parks, or to any subject matter pertaining to lands owned by the Federal Government. This committee so far has held hearings in nine of the public land States. We have yet to visit Colorado and New Mexico.

We will hear any of you who wish to appear before the committee. If

you are not prepared to testify here to-day the committee will be glad to receive briefs from any of you at Washington, because we will not wind up our work until probably just after Congress meets in December. Mr. Ben F. Davis, will you take the stand, please.

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STATEMENT OF B. F. DAVIS, SECRETARY-MANAGER COLORADO

STOCK GROWERS' ASSOCIATION, DENVER, COLO.

Senator CAMERON. Mr. Davis, will you give the reporter your full

name, your occupation, and your residence. Mr. Davis. B. F. Davis; secretary-manager of the Colorado Stock Growers' Association. Address, Denver.

Senator CAMERON. Mr. Davis, will you go ahead and make your statement in your own way.

Mr. Davis. If you please, in representing the State association I wish to present copies of resolutions that have been passed in regular meeting of our association. The one especially at the midsummer meeting in Gunnison, Colo., last July, at which time we had probably the best representation of stockmen that ever attended a State association meeting. The following is a report of the committee on national forests, dated Gunnison, Colo., July 13, 14, and 15, 1925. If you desire me to do so I will read it.

Senator CAMERON. Go ahead.

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