Forestry Legislation Speech in the House of Representatives, Monday, March 1,1909

Forestry Legislation Speech in the House of Representatives, Monday, March 1,1909

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...had been injured by mismanagement, much as our forests have been, and the Prussian foresters had to solve the problem of improving the run-down forests out of the returns from those which were still in good condition. They solved it with striking success. Immense improvement has already taken place and ia steadily going on. In 1830 the yield was 20 cubic feet per acre; in 1865, 24 cubic feet; in 1890, 52 cubic feet, and 1904, 65 cubic feet. In other words, Prussian forest management has multiplied the rate of production threefold in seventy-five years. And the quality of the product has improved with the quantity. Between 1830 and 1904 the percentage of saw timber rose from 19 per cent to 54 per cent. It is a striking fact in this connection that in the United States at the present time we are using about three times as much timber as our forests grow. If we were everywhere practicing forestry with a resulting improvement equal to that made in Prussia, our forests would be growing as much as we use. The financial returns in Prussia make an even better showing. Net returns per acre in 1850 were 28 cents. In 1865 they were 72 cents; in 1900, $1.58, and hi 1904, $2.50. They are now nearly ten times what they were sixty years ago, and they are increasing more rapidly than ever. In Saxony, which has about 430,000 acres of state forests, the increase of cut under forest management, which always means also a corresponding increase in wood produced, has been nearly as marked as in Prussia. The yield rose 55 per cent between 1820 and 1904, and is now 93 cubic feet per acre--greater than that of the Prussian forests. Since the chief wood is spruce, which yields more saw timber than the average of trees making up the Prussian forests, the increase...
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