First Book of Forestry Volume 3

First Book of Forestry Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...and switch ties, or for trestle timber, for which better prices are paid. About sixty per cent of all our ties are made of white oak; nearly twenty per cent are pine; the rest are redwood, cedar, cypress, chestnut, etc. White-oak ties generally bring about fifty cents or more per tie, delivered at the track. Many of our railway companies keep posters at their stations, offering to buy ties; and nearly everywhere good contracts may be made by one or by several farmers acting together to furnish this kind of timber. Since every mile of railway needs about twenty-five hundred ties, and there are over two hundred thousand miles of such roads in our country, it takes millions of acres of timber to supply a single set of ties. Such a set has to be replaced about every seven years, and thus it is that the railways rank among the greatest consumers of wood in the land. Poles and Piling.--Long, slender poles of chestnut, white oak, cedar, and other durable kinds of trees are often best sold as telegraph and telephone poles and for piling. For these purposes long, straight, and durable sticks are wanted. They run from twenty-five to fifty feet in length, with an upper diameter from five to eight inches. The telegraph poles must be peeled. Piling pieces, which are driven in the ground for support of bridges, and even houses, are generally preferred with the bark intact. The price paid for this class of timber is generally good, ranging from two to ten dollars apiece; but it is customary to find a buyer beforehand, to avoid having to store such timber for any length of time. Mining Timber.--In the neighborhood of coal and other mines, many owners of woodlands find a good market for a variety of logs to be used as props and other supporting timbers. Most of...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528921
  • 9781236528926