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Holson Valley Vista

A large portion of the land seen from this vista was farmed or logged-over and came under the management of the Ouachita National Forest in the late 1930s. Under the Weeks Law of 1911 and the Clarke-McNary Act of 1924, the Forest Service acquired these cut-over, burned-over timber tracts and worn-out farms for future timber production and watershed protection for the American public. Through careful management, these lands returned to shortleaf pine and hardwood forests. Today’s Forest Service manage the land for a broader range of public uses including recreation, range, timber, watershed and wildlife.