Aaron Mize, the acting refuge manager at the Bosque del Apache, found a historical treasure for me over the weekend – the text of the original 1939 executive order signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt creating the refuge. I was asking for a piece I’m working on for tomorrow’s newspaper about the refuge.
Colleague Marla Brose and I spent an afternoon last week with Mize and the birds, and in addition to tomorrow’s column, we’ll have lots more of Marla’s fabulous pictures in Thursday’s Go (the Journal’s weekly outdoor recreation section) as we happily shill for the upcoming Festival of the Cranes.
Here’s the text of Roosevelt’s order:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 8289
ESTABLISHING THE BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
November 22, 1939
By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and by the act of June 25, 1910, ch. 421, 36 Stat. 847, as amended by the act of August 24, 1912, ch. 369, 37 Stat. 497, and in order to effectuate further the purposes of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (45 Stat. 1222), it is ordered that the public lands, together with the lands acquired or to be acquired by the United States, in the following-described areas, comprising approximately 60,267 acres, in Socorro County, New Mexico, be, and they are hereby, reserved and set apart, subject to valid, existing rights, for the use of the Department of the Interior as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife: Provided, that any private lands within the areas described shall become a part of the refuge hereby established upon the acquisition of title thereto or control thereof by the United States:
NEW MEXICO PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN
All that part of T. 6 S., R. 1 W., unsurveyed, lying on the northwest side of the Bosque del Apache Grant between the boundaries of the Bosque del Apache Grant No. 35 and the Pedro Armendaris Grant No. 34;
All the Bosque del Apache Grant No. 35 lying in Tps. 5, 6, and 7 S., Rs. 1 W. and 1 E., and Tps. 5 and 6 S., R. 2 E.
This reservation shall be known as the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 22, 1939.
Exec. Order No. 8289, 4 FR 4691, 1939 WL 4033 (Pres.)