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From Interests to Agencies
When attempting to make a difference, one cannot predict the amplitude of the possible changes that can be made. This statement is also true for the United States agencies that contributed to managing natural resources and preserving the environment. Agencies such as the U.S. Forest service, The National Park Services (NPS), The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec), and the U.S. army corps of engineers (The Corps) all started with smaller objectives of public interests and ended up leading the protection of environmental resources.
In 1876 congress called for a department to manage the forest in the United States. The Division of forestry was formed as a result to manage the proper use of American land. The development of this division leads to the establishment of the forest reserve act of 1891, authorizing the possession of land from the public to label as “forest reserve”. The group changed its name in 1901 to the Bureau of Forestry and then again in 1905 to its current name of the U.S. Forest service (USFS). The department was then given the authority over the management of the forest reserves, formerly managed by the Department of interiors general land office. The agency then managed the protection of forests all throughout the US from overgrazing, fire, excessive hunting, and public recreation. In 1911 the department then passed the weeks act, allowing the purchase of forest land east of the one hundredth meridian adding six million acres of land to be protected and used for the expansion of the United States national forest. The USFS has been the center of national forest preservation ever since by advocating forest fires, and endorsing the use of fores...

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...oration and stewardship. These missions include projects such as hazardous waste management, natural conservation of resources, waterway regulation, and cleanup of radioactive waste. Today the Corps provides 24% the US hydropower capacity and has carried out thousands of infrastructure projects throughout the world.
As time goes on, priorities change amongst people and in groups as well. Government agencies such as U.S. Forest service, The National Park Services (NPS), The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec), and the U.S. army corps of engineers all started as small groups, not knowing that they would form into a specialty agency of their own as time went by. These groups all contribute in their own way to the preservation of the environment and ensuring that is is there to be enjoyed by future generations for years to come
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