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Collect the Bounty on Your Wolf-Trees

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In any society where some individuals take more than their proper share of space, lebensraum, resources, and the good things of nature and endanger the welfare of the group, steps must be taken to curb the unreasonable demands of these "wolves." Sometimes bounties are paid to those who remove the objectionable creatures which are not beneficial to society. So also in a woodlot, there may be trees which occupy too much space, which crowd out young trees by shading and starving, which hold them back in growth rate if they are able to survive at all, and which, worst of all, are so crooked and grotesquely shaped that there hardly seems to be a merchantable log or anything of value in them. These trees function in every way as "wolves" in the woodlot community. If only there were a bounty offered to get rid of these "wolves," every farmer could improve his woodlot to give his fast-growing, straight, young trees a better chance to live and grow. At the present time the strong demand for wooden containers in the war program provides the opportunity for collecting just the bounty needed in the white pine region of the Northeast. It is timely, therefore, to inquire into the problem to see just how serious wolf-trees are in monopolizing space, in holding back potential log-producing trees, and in keeping down seedlings. Furthermore, what does it cost to remove them and what value can be obtained in cords of fuelwood and board feet of box-board logs? In short, is the bounty on these ill-shapen, misfit, wolf-trees large enough to make it worth while for a farmer to collect it?

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Maintained by the U. S. Department of Agriculture at New Haven, Conn., in cooperation with Yale University

Publication date: September 1, 1942

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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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