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Northwest Woods Have Gone to War

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Shortly after World War I wood passed out of the picture for aircraft construction and other materials took its place. This article describes the return of wood for aircraft in World War II and the efforts being made to assure an adequate supply of the required quality. Sitka spruce, long recognized as a prime aircraft species, is being brought in from Alaska to supplement our local supply, and it has been discovered that western hemlock and noble fir can be used as the equivalent of spruce in plane design. To guarantee further the supply of aircraft logs, all three species are controlled by W.P.B. allocation. One-and-a-half million dollars has been allotted the Douglas fir region for access roads to open up spruce and fir stands. To stabilize woods labor it is proposed that the government share the loss of time with workers and make payment in war bonds. In spite of all this drive for war production, the author cautions against forgetting forestry by stopping selective cutting in pine, failing to leave an adequate source of seed supply in Douglas fir, and easing up on fire protection.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Western Log and Lumber Administrator, War Production Board

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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