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National Forest Timber and the West Coast Lumber Industry

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The depressed condition of the lumber industry has caused some lumbermen to feel that the sale of national forest timber adds to the difficulty of liquidating private timber. Yet, in the year of its maximum, the cut of national forest timber was only 4.3 per cent of the 1929 total lumber production of the country. In this address the Chief Forester makes pertinent comments on the problems of the lumber industry and sets forth the policy governing national forest timber sales. In managing the national forests, he says, the Forest Service acts as trustee of public property which it must manage with a long-time view point and with regard to the general welfare of the people, yet it must be business-like and takes into consideration the interests of the lumbermen. "The public interest requires also that the larger portion of the Nation's forest lands, which are in private ownership, shall be kept or made economically productive."

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief Forester, U. S. Forest Service

Publication date: January 1, 1933

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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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