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    [Sequoia National Park]. Theodore Roosevelt Typed Document Signed. One page, 7.5" x 9.75", n. p. [New York City], April 8, 1891. In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant established Yellowstone National Park, the nation's first. By 1890, the U.S. boasted two national parks (Mackinac National Park was established in 1875, but decommissioned in 1895). On September 25, 1890, the U.S. government established its third national park, Sequoia National Park, located in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. In March of the following year, the U.S. Congress signed the Forest Reserve Act into law, allowing the president to take public forests and incorporate them into the nation's park system (then president Benjamin Harrison himself subsequently placed 13 million acres into National Forests).

    In appreciation, Theodore Roosevelt, president of the Boone and Crockett Club, issued this proclamation of thanks to President Harrison and Secretary of the Interior John W. Noble, in full: "At a meeting of the Boone and Crockett Club, held April 8, 1891, it was, on motion of Mr. W.H. Phillips, seconded by Mr. Arnold Hague. RESOLVED: That this society most heartily thanks the President of the United States and the Honorable John W. Noble, Secretary of the Interior, for having set apart, as a forest reserve, the large tract situated in Wyoming, at the head waters of the Yellowstone and Snake rivers, and for having set apart the Sequoia Park, for the preservation of the great trees of the Pacific slope. That this Society recognizes in these actions the most important steps taken of recent years for the preservation of our forests and measures which confer the greatest benefit on the people of the adjacent states. RESOLVED: That copies of this resolution be sent to the President of the United States and the Honorable the Secretary of the Interior. By the President of the Club: The Honorable Theodore Roosevelt." Folds show light soiling at the edges, else fine.

    The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887 as a wildlife and land conservation organization. Members of the club, concerned with unrestricted hunting that was decimating America's wildlife, banded together to support laws protecting America's natural resources. They were instrumental in the founding of the National Park and Forest Services and wildlife reserves. They were also responsible for the Fair Chase Statement which laid forth six points for hunter ethics. The club has boasted several prominent members including William Tecumseh Sherman, George Bird Grinnell, and Gifford Pinchot and is still active today.

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