The Forester Volume 6-7

The Forester Volume 6-7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...cut as roads and bridges are built. The whole is done according to a comprehensive plan to ensure the continuity of the Teak supply. The woods are exploited with the aid of private industry under the supervision of the government. In this work the ax is used exclusively. This must be a clumsy implement in that the head of iron is fastened to the handle with leather thongs. The logs are sawn into planks by hand. In _'ava every man is his own builder and labor is cheap. Sawmills however will come in time. The process of cultivation is what the Germans call " waldfeldbau," a combination of forestry and agriculture. The Teak seeds are planted in rows three meters apart at the beginning of the west monsoon when the soil is wet and soft. Then the soil between the rows is worked and sown to field crops. The superfluous plants are weeded out and the earth is heaped up around the plants, and several field crops are grown between the rows for a period of IS or 20 months until the Teak reaches a height of five meters, when it is left to its fate. The natives who do the work are allowed all the field produce, which is usually corn or rice, and apremium of about 35 florins per hectare on condition that they furnish all seed for the crops. This is payable however in proportion to the growth and prosperity of the Teak. Fires are not uncommon. Heavy rainfall is inj urious. and often lightning causes whole groups of trees to sicken and die. The wonderful development of java which is still undeveloped and under populated, in spite of her 20,000,000 of people and of the hundreds of fortunes which she has already produced, gives one an idea of the almost limitless possibilities of a fertile country in the torrid zone, where nature is most lavish...show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 612g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758226
  • 9781236758224