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Forestry in a Democracy

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Abstract:

The quickest and most certain way to break down the efficiency of a technical or professional group of public servants is to establish racial, religious, or political qualifications for the group. Although any such qualifications are bad, the most insidious and vicious of all are those which are political in character. For many years the Forest Service has been largely free from political influence, at least in so far as the selection of personnel is concerned. Today there are indications that the politician has extended his greedy hand to the Forest Service. The members of no single political party are solely responsible. "Job grabbing" appears to be a common failing more or less apparent among the members of all our national political parties. Foresters the country over, irrespective of their own political party affiliations, resent this effort to break down the morale of the Forest Service. Only free men can effectively serve a free people. The American people are entitled to effective forest administration.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: President, The Society of American Foresters

Publication date: December 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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