This Month in Forest Service History - May


May 3, 1911 - "How Counting Sheep Saved the Forest Service" also known as U.S. v. Grimaud.-courtesy of Peeling Back the Bark and *Char Miller.

You’ve probably never heard of Pierre Grimaud, an early 20th-century shepherd. Read more about U.S. v Grimaud

*Char Miller is the W.M. Keck Professor and Director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College in Claremont CA. He is author of the just-published Public Lands/Public Debates: A Century of Controversy (Oregon State University Press) and Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism (Island Press); he writes a weekly column for KCET (Los Angeles) on environmental issues in California and the West

old historic mill siteMay 10, 1872 - The Mining Law of 1872, also known as the General Mining Act of 1872, was passed by the U.S. Congress. Step back in time and visit some historic mining sites on the GMUG National Forest Special Heritage Places. Explore and discover...

The Alpine Tunnel Historic District-  Alpine Tunnel Historic District consists of a two hundred foot wide right of way along thirteen miles of original Denver, South Park and Pacific railbed between the town sites of Quartz and Hancock.

Pie Plant Townsite - Had a life of its own.

Galloping Goose Railroad Corridor - Built in 1890-91-it was over 160 miles long and ran from the town of Ridgway, Colorado on the north to Durango, Colorado on the south. Take a hike or a bike ride through time on a section of the railroad corridor.

The Carson Townsite started as a mining camp in 1882 and reached its peak in the 1890s. View mining relics and cabins used by miners.

May 12, 1905 - Gunnison Forest Reserve, Colorado, established by President Theodore Roosevelt, Proclamation #553

May 15, 2012 - USDA celebrates 150 years

USDA FS photograph of Mount St Helens, Volcano CAM HD by Denis Lapcewich July 2007May 18, 1980, 8:32 am - Mount St. Helen's erupts. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River. More on Mount St. Helen's

May 19-25 - Celebrating Wildflowers

May 19-25 - Celebrating Wildflowers

May 22, 1902 - Medicine Bow Forest Reserve, Wyoming, established by President Theodore Roosevelt, Proclamation #474. Today - wilderness areas, a grassland and more - check out the Medicine Bow Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland  & Enlargement of Big Horn Forest Reserves, President Theodore Roosevelt, Proclamation #475. Check out some of the special places on the Bighorn National Forest

May 28 - Memorial Day, once known as "Decoration Day" (from White House Blog)

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day -- a time set aside to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers. The first Decoration Day was observed on May 30, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. On that day, the largest known ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington D.C.. 

Over time, people adopted the name Memorial Day, and ceremonies were held across the country to honor all U.S. soldiers who had died at war.  On May 11, 1950, Congress issued a joint resolution requesting that the President proclaim a “Prayer for Peace” on each Memorial Day.  In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a federal holiday to be held on the last Monday of every May. 

This Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have served our country. Here is a selection of Memorial Day photos and speeches from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the U.S. National Archives. For more information, visit:

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