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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Grants of land for forestry purposes,   pp. 75-76 PDF (441.3 KB)


Page 75


BIENNIAL REPORT
  1. The value of Normal School lands given away without
      consideration.........................................................4..........
 96,063.14
  2. Moneys belonging to the principal of this fund placed
      in  incom e  fund  and  spent  ............................ ..............
 70,939 .02
  3. Moneys taken from the principal of the trust fund
      and used as part of the General Fund for general
      state  purposes....................... ..................  ..............
 515,700 .00
  4. Proceeds from sales of Normal School lands, paid into
       and used as part of the General Fund  .    ..  419,674.69
  5. Proceeds from sale of Normal School lands paid into
       the Forest Reserve Fund and used for forestry pur
       p o se s .. ................. ... ...
                                                       $1,515,539.05
  6. One-half amount received from Fuller and others for
      interest in swamp lands patented to state .... .  1,975.18
                                                       $1,517,514.23
  "(n) The Normal School Fund has a lien upon all the lands acquired
by the state under the 'forestry laws,' either by purchase or by tax deeds,
for the full amount of said indebtedness of the General Fund to said
Normal School Fund. All of said lands have the case of Normal School
Fund lands, and are to be administered as such until upon a full accounting
it shall appear that said indebtedness has been fully paid from the proceeds
of said lands U otJ.r sources. Said lands are described in Schedules I
and K. The quantity shown is 157,091.44 acres."
  Under the decision the Conservation Commission having as a primary
object the production of school fund money, has the right to manage all
of the state lands with the exception of the school lands proper, which are
small in amount, totalling some 12,100 acres. Therefore, it is possible
for the State to hold the forest lands now possessed and to acquire other
lands, provided such purchases are made to enhance the value of the trust.
With the same object in view, it is possible to reforest portions of the
so-called forest reserve.
  The Supreme Court decision did not, in any way, affect the manage-
ment of the State Park properties, or lands granted to the State for forestry
purposes.
         GRANTS OF LAND FOR FORESTRY PURPOSES.
  Under the Federal grant of 1906, approximately 20,000 acres of vacant
government land were transferred to the State for forestry purposes. The
act provides that any or all of the land may be sold with the consent of
the
Secretary of the Interior, provided the proceeds be used only in the
reforestation of the permanent reserves.
  Of this grant 5,963.47 acres have been sold for a price of $21,966.92,
which constitutes a reforestation fund, in which there is now a balance
of $9,284.00, and more than two-thirds of the lands are still held, which
are
probably worth from $45,000.00 to $50,000.00.
  In 1912 another grant was made conveying all of the unsurveyed and
unattached islands to the State north of Town 33, to be used as additions
to the forest reserve only. Some 637 islands totalling about 875 acres have
been surveyed and listed to date.
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