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This collection contains a Presidential Proclamation concerning the Ozark National Forest's boundaries in Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are replete with distinct topographical, geological, and biological features. The forests are overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, which employs a multiple-use management concept to serve the best interests of the landowners and visitors. The forests serve as a source of renewable hardwood for industry and as prime recreation areas in the state. On December 18, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation creating the Arkansas National Forest (now the Ouachita National Forest) from the land south of the Arkansas River. On March 6, 1908, he signed the proclamation creating the Ozark National Forest from the land north of the river. The Ozark National Forest was the only major hardwood timberland under governmental protection at that time, and the forest would assist the furniture industry in northwest Arkansas as a renewable source of valuable hardwood. Presidential proclamations increasing and decreasing the area of the Ozark National Forest occurred frequently during the early years. Three of the more significant changes were the executive order of President Franklin Roosevelt transferring the Magazine Ranger District from the Ouachita National Forest to the Ozark; the addition of the Henry R. Koen Experimental Forest on June 14, 1950; and the proclamation of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 8, 1960, creating the St. Francis National Forest.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Ozark National Forest presidential proclamation, SMC.047.003


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Ozark National Forest presidential proclamation, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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