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OF THE FOREST
This is an overview of the U.S.C.Title 16 laws about mining on National Forest Lands.
Clay presents each Section that relates to prospecting, mining and access and gives a brief explanation of their meaning.
The Homestead Act of 1862 (PDF 183 kb)
Entitled: An Act to secure Homesteads to actual Settlers on the Public Domain.
This document was acquired from the Library of Congress from "Statutes at Large" for the 37th Congress, second session.