Contribution of Forest Land Resources to the Settlement and Development of the Mormon-Occupied West
Although the forests of that part of the West which was occupied by the Mormons are confined to the mountains and are largely noncommercial in character, they have contributed heavily to the welfare of the communities established by the early colonists. The comparatively small trees have furnished material that was indispensable for structures, fences, and implements. Water, the essential resource without which agriculture was impossible, all came from forest land. Forage in the valley edges, in the foothills, and in the mountains served as the basis for livestock production. Game and fish were also largely utilized. Practically all the sites proposed for early settlement were examined as to the availability of suitable land, water, timber, forage, and game, and such as were approved by the "exploring" committee proved to have adequate resources to support permanent settlements.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Senior Forest Ecologist, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Ogden, Utah
Publication date: 1943-09-01
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