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The Timber Problem in Conservation

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The old threat of timber famine, which foresters used to arouse themselves and the Nation to active timber conservation, is so far from working out that the foresters, themselves, have lost faith in it. The author believes it is impossible to strengthen this old concept enough to make it effective and that, therefore, it should be abandoned. He finds other reasons for conserving timber: the protection of the potential producing power of the soil, watershed protection and forest recreation on a commercial basis. The forestry involved is of an extensive rather than intensive type and requires mainly adequate protection against fire. Sinclair Wilson, who discusses this paper in comments that follow it, believes that the cry of timber famine served a good purpose in amusing the people from lethargy to keen interest in the forester's objectives. He stresses the long-time and human values that are jeopardized by the wreckage of forest soil productiveness.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, University of California

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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