Timber Culture Act

The Timber Culture Act was a follow-up act to the Homestead Act. The Timber Culture Act was passed by Congress in 1873. The act allowed homesteaders to get another 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land if they planted trees on one-fourth of the land, because the land was "almost one entire plain of grass, which is and ever must be useless to cultivating man." (qtd. in Daily Life on the 19th Century American Frontier by Mary Ellen Jones)

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Timber Culture Act - Explanation
... The act was passed to prevent abuse of the original Homestead Act in 1862 ... Any potential settler, including foreign immigrants, could claim this land under both this act and the Homestead Act provided the claimant had become a U.S ... Timber was needed to sell and use for building materials ...

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