Forestry; Annual Report of the Forestry Commissioner Volume 4

Forestry; Annual Report of the Forestry Commissioner Volume 4

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...ought to be and easily can be understood by people generally. One of these principles is that the best agricultural land should not be devoted to forest; but that forest should be grown on land that is either too hilly, too rocky or too sandy and light for profitable agriculture. One of the great economic advantages--one of the great beauties so to speak--of forestry is that wood and timber can be profitably grown on soil that is unfit for farming purposes. The forest, by the leaves it sheds, continually enriches the soil; whereas, field crops exhaust it. Let this principle be remembered, that forest is not to appropriate good agricultural land. Whereever there is land now occupied by forest that is well suited to raise field crops it is expected that such land will finally be cleared and used for agriculture. It is, however, a fact, as has been shown by the experience of farmers in the older states, that much forestlandis often cleared and put into field crops which is altogether too light and unfit for agriculture, but which, if left in forest, would continue to yield a good income. Farmers before clearing woodland should dig into and examine the soil. They should look ahead and remember that there is going to be a continually increasing demand for timber. Another principle in forestry is that the forest must be continuous; that it should always furnish a sustained yield; that no more timber should be taken out of it in a year or in a series of ten or twenty years than grows in the entire forest the same period; so that in a hundred years hence as much can be cut in a year as can now be cut in a year. The forest is to be treated as an inviolable capital and only the interest or income taken from it. Let us take this simple illustration: Suppose...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594045
  • 9781236594044