The Principles of Conservation in the Use of Wild Lands

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One third of the total area of the United States, or 614,000,000 acres, is useful only for forest purposes, with the likelihood of an additional area of 80,000,000 acres being added for reforestation by 1950 because of the abandonment of worn-out farmland. Forestry is being practiced on 12,000,000 acres of the private commercial forest land, and on 93,000,000 acres of that owned by the public! Soil changes made in the process of exploiting wild lands are almost wholly in the direction of deterioration. More effort must be devoted to creating rather than merely harvesting crops of timber, forage and water.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Regional Forester, U. S. Forest Service, San Francisco, Calif.

Publication date: February 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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