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Reclaiming The Waste Places

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Under the Carey act the states in wbicb the arid and desert lanrls still owned by the government are located are entitled to 1,000,000 acres eaoh for the purpose of reolamation. It is proposed to accomplish their reclarnation through private enterpnse, the states transferring the lands to settlers by whom they will be capitalized to secure the water rights necessary to mako them valuable. Of the 606,000,000 acres of land still subject to public entry Colorado holds 36,000,000, Nebraska 10,000,000, Nevada 30, 000, 000, New Mexico 43,000,000, Wyonring 41,000,000, Montana 14,000,000, Arizona 10,492,000, North Dakota 10,856,000, Idaho 7,841.000, Washington 5,131,000 and OregoH 24,742,000. This comprises something over onethird of tho public lands. Wyoming has takeu the lead in the attempt to reclaim and settle its share of arid lauds, but Oregon, Montana, Washington and other western states are preparing to work along the same lines. The land when transferred f rom the state to the settlor at from 50 cents to $1 an acre will still be subject to a charge of from $8 to $15 an acre forseeuring water rights, and as long as there is land in the vallcy states still available at not much above that price the states or compauies at interest will be expocted to ofïor the most liberal inducements to settlers. There is noquestion of the value of irrigation as a mean's of reclaiming the alkali lands of the west. In New Xviexico, Arizona and California such lands when properly irrigated produce fruit and vegetables not equaled elsewhere in the country. The problein of their profitable settlement is almost wholly one of water rights, says the New York World.


Ann Arbor Argus
Old News