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Reclamation Table 28.—Summary of crop results on reclamation projects in


(note.—These detailed figures are limited to crops covered by census on Govern meat projects proper, excluding all crops in areas served with water under the Warren Act, but including nonirrigated crops grown on the projects]

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(feed W. Johnson, Commissioner)

The area of public land included in original selections, entries, and filings made during the year was 1,759,078 acres, or 1,825,805 acres less than the area included in such entries and filings during the preceding year. The decrease, no doubt, was due to the temporary withdrawals of the public lands from entry and selection made by Executive orders of November 26, 1934, and February 5, 1935.

The area included in final entries, selections, and filings made during the year was 1,771,703 acres, or 546,671 acres more than were included in such entries during the preceding year.

The area which on July 1, 1935, was included in unperfected entries upon which final proof of compliance with the law was not due or had not been presented, in which cases appropriate actions must hereafter be taken was 19,666,693 acres. The area which on said date was included in outstanding licenses, leases, and permits issued under the mineral leasing act was 11,307,677 acres.

The number of letters and reports received for consideration or answer from all sources during the year was 155,505, an increase of 5,784 over such receipts for the preceding year, and 80,771 letters and decisions were written. The latter figure does not include letters prepared for signature in the Department.

There were furnished during the year 47,125 certified and uncertified copies of entry papers, plats, field notes, patents, etc., for which there were received the sum of $15,050.30. In addition there were furnished for official use by this and other Departments and agencies 43,321 copies of said items.

Proposed reports were submitted on 129 Senate and House bills, and necessary orders and instructions have been prepared or are in course of preparation in connection with 15 bills, public and private, affecting the public lands which were enacted into law.

In cases involving possible suits in courts, 75 reports of field investigation were considered. Suits were recommended in 27 cases, as a result of which $12,808.35 were recovered, and 1,480 acres restored to the public domain. Forty-eight of the cases were closed without recommendation for suit. Approximately 200 other actions were taken in this class of cases.

The number of attorneys and agents newly admitted to practice before the Department was 11.

There were decided on principles of equity and referred to the board of equitable adjudication and confirmed approximately 920 cases.



The vacant, unreserved, and unappropriated public lands in the United States are not now subject to disposition under the nonmineral public land laws, having been temporarily withdrawn from settlement, location, sale, or entry, and reserved for classification. The lands in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming were withdrawn by Executive order of November 26, 1934, pending determination of the most useful purpose to which such lands may be put in consideration of the provisions of the Taylor Grazing Act of June 28, 1934, and for conservation and development of natural resources, and the lands in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Washington, and Wisconsin were withdrawn by Executive order of February 5, 1935, pending determination of the most useful purpose to which said lands may be put in furtherance of the land program. Executive order of May 20, 1935, amended the said order of November 26, 1934, so as to permit the completion of exchanges authorized by section 8 of the Taylor Grazing Act.

Both of the orders first above mentioned were made subject to valid existing rights.


This office in cooperation with the Division of Grazing has prepared various orders and regulations required in connection with the administration of the Taylor Grazing Act, approved June 28, 1934 (48 Stat. 1269). It has also prepared diagrams of the approved grazing districts. Thousands of inquiries relative to the operation of the law have been received and answered, and approximately 200 applications for exchange, 462 applications for isolated tract sales, and 2,850 applications for leases filed under sections 8, 14, and 15, respectively, of the act have been received and posted on the tract books. There were 668 actions taken on public sale applications, and 26 such applications were approved for patenting.

Orders were prepared involving grazing districts as follows: 1 in Arizona, 5 in Colorado, 1 in Idaho, 4 in Montana, 1 in Nevada, 4 in New Mexico, 4 in Oregon, 8 in Utah, and 1 in Wyoming. In addition there were prepared orders and diagrams for 19 proposed grazing districts, and maps showing the exterior boundaries and appropriate designations of both established and proposed grazing districts.

The estimated areas of the vacant, unappropriated, and unreserved public land in established grazing districts, as of June 30, 1935, are as follows:



The work of translating and transcribing the Spanish records in the public survey office at Santa Fe, N. Mex., of land claims in the territory ceded in 1848 to the United States by Mexico, commenced last year as a Federal Civil Works project, was continued through the fiscal year ending June 30, 1935, as a Federal Emergency Relief project. From 6 to 15 translators and transcribers were furnished with employment on this project.

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