Adapting Forestry to Megalopolitan Southern New England

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Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are composed of forests interlaced with belts and pockets of cities and suburbs that sprawl into agricultural lands. Extensive forests seem likely to remain and will continue to bring forestry into its most intimate contact with an urbanizing America. The wooded suburbs pose complex problems calling for imaginative solutions. Some foresters have been remarkably effective here, usually in the performance of unpaid civic duty. In such a region some of the traditional economic principles of forestry need modification. If land is to remain in forest and owners are willing to bear the costs, land value ceases to be a major consideration in determining the kind of forestry practiced. Furthermore, owners who are not primarily interested in timber production tend to regard the foresters' normal outlook on costs as parsimonious and irrelevant.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Committee of Foresters, Professor of Silviculture, Yale University

Publication date: June 1, 1969

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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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