Forest Land Use

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The fact that forest lands, especially after cutting, are commonly adapted to a variety of uses has given rise to widespread practice of multiple use. Multiple use is not a product of studied planning, but rather the outgrowth of no planning. It rarely realizes the highest benefits obtainable from the land. It is best adapted to lands of such low value that priorities are of little consequence. Realization of maximum returns calls for specialized management directed toward making the most of the principal resource and strictly subordinating, though not excluding, minor interests. An effective forestry program would set aside adequate areas for specialized management of timber, water, recreation, wildlife, and range livestock, leaving the residue not needed for special purposes to be handled under multiple use but subject to specialized management whenever conditions demand. One hundred million acres of producing timberland selected with due regard for site quality, species, accessibility, and centers of consumption would, under intensive management, yield ample timber supplies for this country, as far as demands can now be foreseen. Considerably smaller areas would suffice for other specialized activities except possibly city watersheds. Under such a program the nation's timber supply can be greatly improved in quality, and it can be produced at lower cost and with benefit to a greater number of people through employment than if grown less intensively on a much larger acreage.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: March 1, 1940

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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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