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Private Enterprise Offers Better Opportunity for Progress in Forestry Than Nationalization

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The following statement was originally given to a leading New York newspaper in answer to its request for comment on Mr. Watts' speech as here printed. While admitting that the forest situation is unsatisfactory, the commentator thinks that it is less critical than the Forest Service does, that it is continuously improving, and that forest owners themselves with public cooperation can handle the task of conservation on their own lands. Industry believes that in normal periods the basic American forestry problem is not one of scarcities but of surpluses, and that we must not lose our perspective merely because we are in a war which challenges every resource we have. Some measure of pnblic regulation will probably be needed to solve our forest land problems, but this should be exercised by the states and not by the federal government. Criticism of some of the publicity and information published by the forest industries as "misleading" is probably inevitable, but they will continue an activity that has aroused public interest in the forests and has encouraged better forest practices in the industry itself.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Secretary and manager, National Lumber Manufacturers Association, Washington, D. C.

Publication date: November 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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