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The Forest Despoilers of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region

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Within the anthracite producing counties are more than two million acres of woodland, all but a few thousand acres of which is privately owned, much of it by the large coal companies. For many years foresters believed that if sustained-yield forestry were possible of accomplishment anywhere in the country, it was in that region. The mines provided a constant market for timber products, the haul from forest to timber yard was short, and the custom of using small-dimension sizes permitted relatively short rotations. The author, with a background of two decades of forestry work in the anthracite region, describes the serious breakdown in the practice of industrial forestry as a result of "bootleg" mining.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: July 1, 1937

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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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