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Making an appropriation to the Keystone State Commission of
the Pan-American Exposition. Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That the sum of thirty- $35.000 approprlfive thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be American Exponecessary, be and hereby is specifically appropriated to the Keystone State Commission of the Pan-American Exposition, for the purpose of erecting a suitable building upon the exposition grounds at Buffalo, New York, and to maintain the same during the continuance of the Exposition to be held there this year, to defray the cost of transferring such State exhibits as said Commission may deem necessary for the proper representation of this Commonwealth, and to provide for such clerk hire, postage, stationery and other expenses as may be necessary to enable said Commission to perform properly the duties imposed upon it. Said appropriation shall be paid upon the warrant of the Auditor General drawn How payable. upon the State Treasurer, upon the presentation of proper vouchers approved by the president of said Commission. Approved--The 25th day of February, A. D. 1901.
WILLIAM A. STONE.
To establish a Department of Fcrestry, to provide for its proper
administration, to reguate the acquisition of land for the Commonwealth, and to provide for the control, protection and maintenance of Forestry Reservations by the Department of Forestry.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That there be and is Department of hereby established a Department of Forestry, to con- lished.
Forestry estabsist of the Commissioner of Forestry and four other citizens of the Commonwealth, who together shall constitute the State Forestry Reservation Commission; each of whom shall be appointed and commissioned by How constituted. the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; the Commissioner of Forestry for a term of four years, two of the said citizens for a term of two years, and two of said citizens for a term of four years; and thereafter all appointments shall be made by the appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a term of four years. The persons so ap
Members of the
Purchase of land.
Control of lands.
pointed, before entering upon the discharge of their duties shall each take and subscribe to the oath of office prescribed by article seven of the Constitution of Pennsylvania. The Commissioner of Forestry and the Forestry Reservation Commission, so appointed, shall be clothed with all the powers heretofore conferred by law respectively upon the Commissioner of Forestry and the Forestry Reservation Commission, so far as the same are consistent with the provisions of this act, and in addition shall have full power, by and with the consent of the Governor, to purchase any suitable lands in any county of the Commonwealth that in the judgment of said Commission the State should possess for forest preservation: Provided, That in no case shall the amount paid for any tract of land, purchased under the provisions of this act, exceed the sum of five dollars per acre. Said commission shall also have full power to manage and control all the lands which it may purchase under the provisions of this act, as well as those that have heretofore been purchased and which are now owned by the State under existing laws. Said Commission is also empowered to establish such rules and regulations with reference to control, management and protection of forestry reservations, and all lands that may be acquired under the provisions of this act, as in its judgment will conserve the interests of the Commonwealth; and whereever it shall appear that the welfare of the Commonwealth, with reference to reforestation and the betterment of State Reservations, will be advanced by selling or disposing of any of the timber on forestry lands, the Commission is hereby empowered to sell such timber on terms most advantageous to the State; and said Commission is hereby empowered to make and execute contracts or leases, in the name of the Commonwealth, for the miuing or removal of any valuable minerals that may be found in said forestry reservations, whenever it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Commission that it would be for the best interests of the State to make such disposition of said minerals; and, provided, that such contracts or leases shall also be approved by the Governor of the Commonwealth after the proposed said contracts or leases shall have been duly advertised in at least three newspapers published nearest the reservation designated, for one month, in advance of said contract or lease, and the contracts or leases shall be awarded to the highest bidder, and he or they shall have given such bond as the commission shall designate for the performance of his or their part of the contract, and the said bond shall have been approved by the court of the county wherein the contracts or leases are made: Provided, however, that when, by virtue of leases or contracts
May sell timber or lease mineral rights.
Publication in newspapers,
Kindling of fires
for removal of minerals and sale of timber from any lands purchased by the State for Forestry Reservations, there comes a net revenue to the State, one-half One-half of net of said net revenue derived from lands situate in any paid to townships. township shall be paid by the State Treasurer to the treasurer of such township, for application to town. ship purposes and reduction of local tax levies in such township: Provided, That there shall not be paid to Proviso. any one township, during any year, more than twice the amount of taxes that would be received by such township from said lands if they were owned by individuals.
Section 2. Any person or persons who shall kindle fires upon any of the forestry reservations of this Com- made a misdemonwealth, except in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Forestry Reservation Commission, or who shall cut or remove any timber whatever, or who shall do or cause to be done any act that will damage forest lands or timber belonging to this Commonwealth, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof be subject to a penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor Penalty. more than five hundred dollars for each offence committed, with costs of suit, which penalty and costs of suit shall be collected in the same manner as is now provided by existing laws for like offences committed on forest lands belonging to individuals; all fines and penalties when collected to be paid to the Commis- Disposition of sioner of Forestry, who is hereby directed to pay the ties. same over to the State Treasury; provided, that if the defendant or defendants neglect or refuse to pay at once the penalty and costs imposed, he or they shall be committed to the common jail of the county wherein the offence was committed until such penalty and costs are paid.
Section 3. That the Commissioner of Forestry shall Commissioner of be the President and Executive Officer of the Forestry President for comReservation Commission, and also Superintendent of mission, etc. the State Forestry Reservations, and shall have imme. diate control and management, under the direction of the Forestry Reservation Commission, of all forest lands already acquired or which may hereafter be acquired by the Commonwealth, but the power so conferred upon said Commissioner of Forestry shall not extend to the enforcement of the laws relating to public health or the protection of fish and game. shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Forestry to Duties of the encourage and promote the development of forestry, and to obtain and publish information respecting the extent and condition of forest lands in the State, and to execute all rules and regulations adopted by the Forestry Reservation Commission for the enforcement of all laws designed for the protection of forests from
fines and penal
Salary of Commissioner.
Traveling expenses of.
members of Commission.
Once to be provided and furnished.
fire and depredation; and he is hereby empowered to May employ de- employ such detective service, and such legal or other
services, as may be necessary for the protection of the forestry reservations owned by the Commonwealth and for the appreliension and punishment of persons who may violate any of the forestry reservation laws, or any of the rules and regulations, which, under the powers herein given, may be adopted by the Forestry Reservation Commission: Provided, that the services so employed and the expenses that may thereby be incurred shall be approved by said Forestry Reservation Commission and the Governor of the Commonwealth.
Section 4. The Commissioner of Forestry shall receive a salary of three thousand dollars per annum, and in addition thereto shall be reimbursed for all necessary expenses of travel which may be incurred in the discharge of the duties of his office; and the other mem
bers of the Forestry Reservation Commission shall Expenses of other serve without salary, but shall be reimbursed for all
necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of the duties of their office.
Section 5. The Commissioner of Forestry shall have an office at the State Capitol, and it shall be the duty of the Board of Commissioners of Public Grounds and Buildings to provide, from time to time, the necessary rooms, furniture, apparatus and supplies, for the use of the Department of Forestry created under the provisions of this act.
Section 6. All moneys appropriated by the General Assembly in the general appropriation act of one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine for the Division of Forestry of the State Department of Agricul.
ture, as for salaries or contingent fund, which may Transfer of unex- remain unexpended at the time of the approval of this
act, shall be transferred to and be vested in the Department of Forestry, hereby created; and the clerk of the Commissioner of Forestry, hitherto appointed under the law creating the Department of Agriculture, shall be transferred from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Forestry, on the same salary that he now receives.
Section 7. The purchase money for lands acquired and all expenses that may be incurred, except the salaries of the Commissioner of Forestry and his clerk, shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, on warrant of the Auditor General, upon vouchers duly approved by resolution of the Forestry Reservation Commission and the Governor of the Commonwealth.
Section 8. The title of all lands acquired by the Commonwealth for forestry reservations shall be taken in the name of the Commonwealth and shall be held by
Clerk of Commigsioner.
Purchase money for lands; how to be paid.
Title of lands ac
to be in
money for public
the Commissioner of Forestry, and such lands shall not be subject to warrant, survey or patent, under the Lands not to be laws of the Commonwealth authorizing the conveyance rant, survey and of vacant or inappropriated lands, and all such fores- patent. try reservation lands shall be exempt from taxation to be exempt from the time of their acquisition. In all cases where lands have been purchased, or may hereafter be purchased, by the Forestry Reservation Commission for forest reservations, where there are public roads, regularly ?stablished, running into or through said lands, the Commissioner of Forestry, under such rules and regulations as the Forestry Reservation Cominission is hereby authorized to adopt, may expend a sum not ex- May expend ceeding twenty-five dollars per mile in each year for the roads. maintenance, repair or extension of any such roads, and on roads bordering on reservations one-half of this rate per mile may be expended. All expenses that may Expenses subject thus be incurred shall be subject to the approval of to approval. the Forestry Reservation Commission and the Governor of the Commonwealth, and shall be paid in the same manner as other expenses are provided for in this act.
Section 9. The Commissioner of Forestry shall re. Disposition of ceive the moneys to which the State may be entitled moneys recelved. by virtue of the sale of any timber, or by virtue of any leases or contracts relating to the disposition of min. erals, as hereinbefore provided, and he shall immediately pay the same over to the State Treasurer as a part of the revenue of the Commonwealth. The said Commissioner of Forestry shall give his bond to the Commonwealth, with two sureties, to be approved by Commissioner of the Governor, in the sum of ten thousand dollars, for give bond of the faithful discharge of the duties imposed by this act and for the proper accounting of any moneys to the Commonwealth that may come into his hands by virtue of his position as Commissioner of Forestry.
Section 10. That all acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act be and the same are hereby repealed. Approved--The 25th day of February, A. D. 1901.
WILLIAM A. STONE.
A FURTIER SUPPLEMENT
To "An act to provide for the better government of cities of the first class in this Commonwealth," approved June one, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That any board in any city of the first class, vested with the power to regulate