Multiple Use of Wild Lands in the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Region

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The 1942 annual meeting of the Society of American Foresters was to have been held in Salt Lake City, and the program was to have been devoted chiefly to the broad subject of multiple use of forest lands in the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain States. Although the meeting had to be postponed for the duration of the war, it has seemed wise to proceed with the publication of some of the papers that were planned. These are being assembled, edited, and grouped by a special committee under the chairmanship of Dr. George Stewart of the Intermountain Section. Three of them appear in this issue of the Journal, and others will follow later. The first paper of the series stresses service to the community as the basic principle that must underlie any sound conservation philosophy for the utilization of wild lands. Since no one wild-land benefit is adequate to meet all of the many diverse needs of any community, it follows that an intelligent program of multiple use must replace the one-use program that has previously prevailed. There is urgent need in the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain States for a thorough analysis of the various ways in which wild lands can contribute most effectively in the long run to the social welfare, and for a definite plan for their postwar use and development.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Dean of the School of Forestry, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Publication date: September 1, 1943

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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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