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The author is disturbed by the view expressed by George Washington, and quoted by the chief of the Forest Service, that men will not do the things "best calculated for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power." While agreeing that no owner should be permitted to use his forest in a manner inimical to the public interest, he asks whether we are ready to apply the principle of public control that is proposed for forest lands to other resources and activities such as agriculture, architecture, educational instruction, and advocacy of religious views.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Director, Soil Conservation Service, U. S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C.

Publication date: 1944-12-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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