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Some Impressions of European Forestry

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Ordinarily American foresters returning from visits to European forests report their impressions of the silvicultural and utilization standards. The present author reports his impressions of the attitudes toward the forest of the European forester and general public and contrasts them to those obtaining in America. He discusses the recognition of the long-time complete use of the land as the fundamental consideration; the long-time nature and value of forests; respect for the forestry profession; respect for property rights; respect for full use, as contrasted to waste, and for urderliness and carefulness; freedom from fire; the low financial return of forests; the guarding of the forest capital or growing stock; and the heavy yield of products. He concludes that forestry is a public rather than a private enterprise.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Consulting Forester, New York City

Publication date: February 1, 1932

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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