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A New Development in Firebreak Maintenance

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Firebreak maintenance in Michigan has been largely accomplished by the use of farm harrows powered by horses or tractors, which as sources of power are generally inadequate and costly. With the increased mileage of firebreaks constructed under the Emergency Conservation Work program, a faster and cheaper method of maintenance became necessary. The author describes the results of experiments, carried on by the Michigan Forest Fire Experiment Station, with several types of scarifying units. A satisfactory method of firebreak maintenance has been developed, one which is cheaper than previous methods but which requires further experimentatiou to attain mechanical perfection.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Michigan Department of Conservation

Publication date: October 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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