What were the efforts made by the U.S. government to conserve forests after World War 1 and World War 2? Was any special community or group made to complete this task? If yes then how did it conserve forests?

  • Which government? – Semaphore Jun 28 '15 at 9:18
  • U.S.A @semaphore – anonymous Jun 28 '15 at 9:20
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    I don't understand the relationship between world wars and forest conservation. – Mark C. Wallace Jun 28 '15 at 17:31
  • the main method to conserve forest is not letting anyone cut them down. – Oldcat Jul 1 '15 at 20:55
  • @MarkC.Wallace I don't understand it either (though this does not mean it's a bad question – not that I'm implying you implied it was) – o0'. Jul 21 '15 at 23:09

The bulk of the work had already been completed during Teddy Roosevelt's term in office, with the creation of:

  • 4 National Game preserves
  • 5 National parks
  • 18 National Monuments
  • 24 Reclamation Projects
  • 51 Federal Bird Preserves
  • 150 National Forests; and
  • 230 Million total acres set aside for the enjoyment of all

Modern sensitivities may disagree with Teddy's motivations as a well known big-game hunter, but he loved the outdoors and the American West and worked diligently while in office to preserve it for generations to come. Roosevelt upon taking office made

conservation a top priority, [establishing] a myriad of new national parks, forests, and monuments in order to preserve the nation's natural resources.
[from the introduction to the Wikipedia article on Theodore Roosevelt*].

and again:

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.
[Theodore Roosevelt]

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    It all started with Yellowstone Park, by president Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. – Bookeater Jun 28 '15 at 16:07
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    It would be a more complete answer if you mention the National Park Service as well as the US Forest Service' formation and how they changed and developed – CGCampbell Jun 28 '15 at 20:08
  • @CGCampbell: OP was specifically interested in forest preservation, so I chose to be lazy. – Pieter Geerkens Jun 28 '15 at 20:39
  • You could also add the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to the list, as they actually manage more land - 264 million acres, vs 188 million in the National Forests. Of course the lands are managed for somewhat different ends. At least hereabouts (Great Basin), the National Forests tend to be in mountain ranges (where there actually are trees, sometimes :-)), while the BLM has the sagebrush-covered valleys. – jamesqf Jun 28 '15 at 21:39
  • @jamesqf: I attempted to look up details on the history of the various services that mange different types of resources, but for the most part I could not find any details before the reorganization in 1933 or thereabouts. – Pieter Geerkens Jun 28 '15 at 23:55

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