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Forestry in Our Constitutions

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Colorado was the first state to place forestry in an American constitution. In 1876 three forestry provisions became a part of her original constitution. Thirteen years later (1889) North Dakota provided for a state forest school in her original constitution. Only five states had constitutional provisions for forestry at the turn of the last century. Since then ten other states have included a wide range of forestry provisions in their constitutions. Effective July 1, 1937, Missouri adopted a self-enforcing constitutional amendment of approximately 600 words covering the general field of conservation including forestry. Dr. Illick has made a complete compilation of forestry provisions in state constitutions. He quotes and interprets some of the most significant of these constitutional provisions, and sets forth the principal administrative advantages and disadvantages of placing forestry provisions in constitutions. He emphasizes the immediate and pressing need for more and better research in the field of forest administration. Without special studies and comparative surveys the existing weaknesses of forest administration will continue; with them enduring administrative foundations and frameworks can be designed and developed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: New York State College of Forestry

Publication date: March 1, 1938

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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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