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Conservation Movement


1841

Scarcity of deer first noted in present West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1841

1869

West Virginia passed its first game laws

Other events that happened on or around 1869

1877

Legislature created a Fish Commission and first game and warden appointments

Other events that happened on or around 1877

1900

Only remnant populations of deer and turkey were noted

Other events that happened on or around 1900

1907

Devasting flooding occurred on the Monongahela River

1908

Forest fires destroyed 1.7 million acres

Other events that happened on or around 1908

1909

West Virginia legislation prepared way for establishment of National Forest Reserve in Monongahela

Other events that happened on or around 1909

1911

Congress enacted the Weeks law which authorized the federal government to cooperate with the various states to purchase land for the protection of the watersheds of navigable streams

Other events that happened on or around 1911

1915

First land for the Monongahela National Forest acquired

Other events that happened on or around 1915

1917

The Shenandoah (George Washington) National Forest was created

Other events that happened on or around 1917

Apr 28, 1920

Monongahela National Forest was created.

Other events that happened on or around April 28, 1920

1921

The Game and Fish Commission was created by the legislature

Other events that happened on or around 1921

1923

The beaver was extirpated for its fur

Other events that happened on or around 1923

1924

The Clarke-McNary law was passed by Congress authorizing the purchase of forested, cut-over, or denuded lands for the production of timber in addition to the flow regulation of navigable streams

Other events that happened on or around 1924

1933

FDR creates the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) first of the New Deal agencies

Other events that happened on or around 1933

Apr 21, 1936

The Jefferson National Forest was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

1955

The black bear became the state animal

Other events that happened on or around 1955

1957

Deer restocking program ended

Other events that happened on or around 1957


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