Should Large Areas of Productive Forest Lands be Devoted Solely to a Limited Recreational Use?

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The following paper was presented before a meeting of the Puget Sound Section of the Society last May. It was called forth by the proposed legislation to take 404,270 acres from the Olympic National Forest and combine this land with the present Mount Olympus National Monument to create the Mount Olympus National Park, with an area of 703,000 acres. Approximately 13 billion board feet of merchantable timber would thus be withdrawn from the western part of the Olympic Forest, in addition to 3 billion feet already included in the present Mount Olympus National Monument. The timber backlog of Grays Harbor and other industrial centers of the Olympic Peninsula would be reduced by nearly one half. The questions of principle thus raised are of broad general interest as well as serious locally. Mr. Drake presents the point of view of those concerned for the economic consequences of heavy industrial curtailments.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: General Superintendent, Simpson Logging Company, Shelton, Washington

Publication date: November 1, 1935

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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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