National Forest is a classification of
protected and managed
federal lands in the
United States. National Forests are largely
woodland areas owned collectively by the American people through the
federal government, and managed by the
United States Forest Service, a division of the
United States Department of Agriculture.
The National Forest System was created by the
Land Revision Act of 1891, which was signed under the presidency of
Benjamin Harrison. It was the result of concerted action by
Los Angeles-area businessmen and property owners who were concerned by the harm being done to the watershed of the
San Gabriel Mountains by ranchers and miners.
Abbot Kinney and forester
Theodore Lukens were key spokesmen for the effort.