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Does the Lumber Industry Need a Research Program?

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The answer to the question "Does the lumber industry need a research program?" is perfectly obvious. Not so obvious, however, is the equally important question of who should do the research and how it is to be financed. It is one thing for a profitable industry to engage in research to make it still more profitable; it is quite a different thing for an industry by and large unprofitable to engage in research. The steel industry is highly concentrated; the petroleum industry is highly concentrated; the International Nickel Company controls a large part of the world's annual production of nickel. Under such conditions it is a relatively simple matter to undertake a research program. But what about the lumber industry? Here there are thousands of small producers. About one-fourth the total forest area of the nation is in farm woodlands and many of the large owners of forest lands are in financial distress. Under such conditions it is quite unlikely that an extensive research program will be undertaken no matter how badly it is needed. It is not unlikely that the most effective and cheapest way to meet the research needs of the lumber industry is to increase the support of public agencies engaging in research, especially that of the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory and of the various forestry schools.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Idaho

Publication date: August 1, 1939

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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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