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Recent Developments in Lookout Tower Practice

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The lookout tower and the lookout cab, or house, are perhaps the most distinctive structures evolved by forestry agencies. They have passed through several stages of development during the last forty years. In the beginning the tower was only a tree fitted up for the purpose; then crude log towers were built with an observation platform; then steel towers came into the picture, and progressively more and much better steel towers especially designed for the purpose have become prevalent in most regions. With the advent of ring connectors, giving new strength and rigidity to structures fabricated from timber, and with new developments in prefabrication and improvements in preservative treatment, the timber tower again broadens the field of selection. The author describes the development of this modern timber tower and the improved specifications that have been evolved to insure its excellence for the purpose.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: U. S. Forest Service

Publication date: 1941-08-01

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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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