The National Aspects of Soil Erosion and Floods and their Control by Vegetative Cover

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Congressman Leavitt gives a very clear, direct and comprehensive picture of the agricultural, industrial and social losses that result from erosion and floods, and which may go on inconspicuously but in the end attain calamitous proportions. He discusses the causes and their correction from a national viewpoint. He recognizes that floods cannot be prevented entirely and that the erosion and flood problem varies with local conditions. At the same time he accepts the function and importance of engineering works but emphasizes the necessity of supplementing such works and making them more effective by "nature's own methods of protection through a forest or other natural vegetative cover." He proposes legislation for a more comprehensive national program of research that will sift out facts from surmise.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Congressman from the Second District, Montana

Publication date: March 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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