Forest Preservation Laws

A 2008 photograph of a lead mining operation located within the Mark Twain National Forest in Viburnum, Missouri. Unlike U.S. national parks, the country's more than 150 national forests often allow mining, logging, livestock feeding, and other commercial uses.

Photo credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Interest in forest preservation began during the 19th century at the beginning of the environmental movement. Some of the earliest laws dealing with environmental issues were concerned with forest preservation. A combination of private action, federal and state laws, and a change in industrial practices has led to great change in the way Americans think about and interact with forests. As a result of legislation, national and state forests exist across the United States. Unlike land managed by the National Park ...

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