Purpose: Adjusting the Boundaries of the Snoqualmie and Olympic National Forests
Date: January 10, 1925
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WHEREAS, by Proclamations, the President of the United States has, at various times, created certain National Forests, within the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS, In order to provide for a proper adjustment of the claims of the State to lands within said National Forests, in satisfaction of its common school grant, a memorandum of agreement was entered into under date of December 22, 1914, between the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington, whereby it was agreed that the said State should relinquish all its title or claim under its grant in aid of common schools to the whole or parts of certain sections sixteen and thirty-six included within the said National Forests prior to survey, or upon which homestead settlements had been made prior to survey and inclusion within such reservations and legally maintained, and be allowed to select other lands equivalent in acreage and value lying along and within the boundaries of said National Forests in such position that, when eliminated therefrom, all of said selected lands will lie outside the new exterior boundaries of the National Forests; and
WHEREAS, It appears that the public interests would be promoted by modifying the proclamations heretofore issued, affecting the Snoqualmie and Olympic National Forests, so as to exclude the areas first hereinafter described, and also so as to allow the State of Washington in furtherance of the aforesaid agreement, to file applications to select the lands agreed upon and hereinafter described, as indemnity in satisfaction of the aforesaid portions of its common school grant;
Now, therefore, I, CALVIN COOLIDGE, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by the Act of Congress approved June fourth, eighteen hundred and ninety seven, entitled “An Act Making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight , and for other purposes,” do proclaim that the boundaries of the Snoqualmie and Olympic National Forests are hereby modified to exclude therefrom the following areas, to wit:
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And I do also proclaim, under authority of the aforesaid act of June fourth, eighteen hundred and ninety seven, that said grants are hereby further modified so as to admit of immediate application to select by the State of Washington, under restrictions applicable to such selections, and subject to prior valid claims or equities, as indemnity in partial satisfaction of its common school grant and in furtherance of the before mentioned agreement of December 22, 1914, and not otherwise, of the following described lands within the said Snoqualmie and Olympic National Forests, to wit:
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Provided, that all applications to select, by the State of Washington hereunder must be filed within ninety days from the date and the lands embraced in selections made by the National Forests, State of Washington hereunder to the extent that such selections receive the final approval of the Secretary of the Interior, be, and the same are, hereby declared eliminated from the Snoqualmie and Olympic National Forests, such eliminations to become effective from the date of such approvals.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this 10th day of January, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the One Hundred and Forty-Ninth.
Citation: The Statutes at Large of the United States of America from December, 1923 to March, 1925
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