The "lands nobody wanted" became "the land of many uses". The Weeks Act gave permisiion to the federal government to purchase private land in order to protect the headwaters of rivers and watersheds in the eastern United States and called for fire protection efforts through federal, state, and private cooperation. It has been one of the most successful pieces of conservation legislation in U.S. history. To date, nearly 20 million acres of forestland have been protected by the Weeks Act, land that provides habitat for hundreds of plants and animals, recreation space for millions of visitors, and economic opportunities for countless local communities
Hallie M. Daggett, first woman hired as a lookout for the Forest Service (1913) takes a break to give her dog a well deserved treat. Hallie fell in love with the work and served as a fire lookout on the Klamath National Forest for 14 years.