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The Nazi Woodpile in 1945

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This paper, presented before the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Section of the Society of American Foresters at Madison, Wisconsin, December 7, 1945, explodes the myth of German super-superiority in wood technology and manufacture, and gives a first-hand glimpse of the situation shortly after V-E day. Research continued during the war but integrated planning was weak, and industry, although not seriously crippled, suffered from obvions inefficiency in production methods. The overcutting of the forests ordered during the war may have to be continued for a decade or more in order to provide for reconstruction. Some difficulty in making the best use of Germany's forests is envisaged because the policies of the several allied nations occupying that country may not be properly correlated.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Products Technologist, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis.

Publication date: May 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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