Proclamation, May 5, 1924

Purpose: Area Set Apart as the Natural Bridge National Forest

Date: May 5, 1924

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WHEREAS, by proclamation of May sixteenth, nineteen hundred and eighteen, there were reserved and set apart as the Natural Bridge National Forest certain lands within the State of Virginia, acquired by the United States under authority of the Act of Congress approved March first, nineteen hundred and eleven (36 Stat., 961), entitled ” An Act To enable any State to cooperate with any other State or States, or with the United States, for the protection of the watersheds of navigable streams, and to appoint a commission for the acquisition of lands for the purpose of conserving the navigability of navigable rivers “; and

WHEREAS, certain additional lands in the vicinity of the said National Forest and within the said State have been or may hereafter be acquired by the United States under said Act, and have been designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as parts of the Natural Bridge Purchase Unit under the Weeks Law of March one, nineteen hundred and eleven.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by section eleven of said Act, and by section twenty-four of the Act of March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, do hereby proclaim that on and after July one, nineteen hundred and twenty-four, the boundaries of the said Natural Bridge National Forest shall include the lands as shown on the diagram attached hereto and made a part hereof, and that all lands within said enlarged boundaries which have been or may thereafter be acquired by the United States under authority of said Act of March first, nineteen hundred and eleven, shall be permanently reserved and administered as parts of said Natural Bridge National Forest.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

DONE in the city of Washington this fifth day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty-eighth.

Citation: The Statutes at Large of the United States of America from December, 1923 to March, 1925

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Robert Manchester, who prepared this document for digital publication.

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