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Forestry in Sierra Leone

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Small tropical colonies often go through the cycles of heavy forest exploitation, "shifting cultivation," severe soil erosion, creation of open forests and grasslands, and even desert and wastelands, followed by heroic measures of forest restoration and soil conservation within a time span of a few decades. Similar cycles in larger lands of temperate climes may require a century or more. The writer describes such a land exploitation cycle on Sierra Leone. It carries an important message of interest not only to those concerned with tropical forest policies, but also to those who must work with an unschooled population to carry out impressive conservation programs.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Late Conservator of Forests, Sierra Leone, Africa

Publication date: March 1, 1948

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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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