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The Challenge to the Society of American Foresters

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The place of multiple use in the management of wildlands in the West has been described and emphasized in the eight preceding papers originally intended for presentation at the postponed 1942 annual meeting of the Society of American Foresters. It is fitting that in this last paper of the series the implications of multiple use to the Society should be considered. The author points out that professional foresters must devote time, energy, and thought not only to timber production and management, but also to such other resources of wildlands as water, forage, wildlife, and recreation. He believes that the management of all these resources falls within the province of the forester, irrespective of whether or not trees are present on the lands involved, and therefore urges that the Society of American Foresters interpret "forestry" as synonymous with "wildland management." Such action would place forestry along side of agriculture and engineering as one of the three great land professions, and would enable the profession to play its rightful part in postwar programs directed at the conservation and improvement of our natural resources.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior Silviculturist, in Charge, Division of Forest Management, Northern Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Missoula, Mont.

Publication date: 1943-11-01

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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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