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Editorial: Some of My Best Friends are Foresters

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"We sat on a terrace in Seattle, and looked across the dancing blue saucer of Lake Washington; on the far shore were banks of trees, and I began to learn a new vocabulary. Halfway down the slope the tree line stops, and patches in the forest are bare, like bald spots, but with a few trees left standing--'seed blocks' as they are called. . . . The lumber companies may pay lip service to the principle of sustained yield--usually after having logged a property off--and they may profess a conscientious interest in conservation, but not many think of maintaining a whole forest as a living entity in perpetuity. The Forest Service says flatly, 'Some 80 percent (italics mine) of the cutting in private lands is still done without conscious regard to future crops.....' Most distinctly the United States government is in the lumber business. The origin of this goes back to Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and the early conservationists. The national forests and the national parks were established, and the Forest Service began its admirable work.... What the government cuts it cuts selectively. And the Forest Service believes firmly there should be public regulation of private forest land."--INSIDE U. S. A. by John Gunther.

Document Type: Editorial

Affiliations: West Coast Lumbermen's Association

Publication date: May 1, 1951

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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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