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Slash Disposal on the Colville Indian Reservation

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Hazardous logging slash has been one of the major forest problems in the West because of the long period during which it remains a dangerous fuel. The disposal of this slash without excessive damage to the reserve stand or to the young growth is usually an exacting and expensive hand operation. Consequently there has had to be a constant compromise between cost and proper insurance against fire. The trend toward mechanization of the job induced by the wartime shortage of labor holds much promise of better protection from fire and better forestry, particularly in the ponderosa pine type. This article and the following present independent developments and tests of tractor bunching of slash. Controlled spot burning is also discussed in Mr. Weaver's article.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Supervisor, Colville Indian Reservation, Nespelem, Wash.

Publication date: February 1, 1946

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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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