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Town Forests--A Neglected Opportunity

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There are hundreds of towns scattered throughout the eastern states where lumbering and wood-using industries were once an important part in the economic life of the community. Abandoned mill-sites stand like tombstones to these dead industries. Many declining towns can trace the chief cause of that decline directly to the abuse of the natural resources, especially the forests. Deserted farms are the complement to denuded forest areas. Little hope of recovery for such communities can be found except through the reestablishment of the forests. The private owner is not likely to undertake this task, but the community itself with state or federal aid can do so. This problem is now in the lap of the forestry profession. What shall we do with it?

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Massachusetts Forest and Park Association

Publication date: 1939-05-01

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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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