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Basic and Applied Forestry Research

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A survey was made during 1961 of the status of support for applied and basic research in forestry, including the program of the U. S. Forest Service, state programs supported by Hatch Act funds, those supported by state funds, and programs of accredited forestry schools. The amount of money spent on research by the Forest Service and the schools has increased significantly in recent years, but not as rapidly as the cost of research. The percentage of the total funds allocated to basic research has increased significantly. It was estimated that 29 percent of Forest Service projects and 33 percent of projects supported by Hatch Act funds were entirely or largely basic in nature. In general expenditures for forestry research by the states are very small in comparison with the value of their forest industries and in comparison with the funds spent on agricultural research. Understanding of the importance of basic research has improved greatly during the past decade. However, basic research remains hampered by lack of full understanding of the equipment required for it and of the intellectual atmosphere in which it can be done most effectively.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: James B. Duke Professor of Botany, Duke University, Durham, N. C.

Publication date: January 1, 1963

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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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