Excerpt from Forestry Quarterly, Vol. 5
Few states have a greater need for reserve planting and intensive utilization of forest products than New Mexico. Areas capable of supporting high-class timber growth are confined to a few mountain ranges and are small in extent compared with the size of the region dependent upon them. Moreover, the Terri tory is remote from the great forest centers and should be made as self-supporting as possible.
Lumber values have risen steadily during the last decade and prices for the better grades are already prohibitive to poor people. Wood of all sorts, including the poorest of the native species used for fuel supply, is in high demand. Careful management which will prevent wasteful utilization of the remaining sup plies and maintain the best possible stands of growing timber will materially benefit the entire Territory. Such action will be of especial benefit to the agriculturists and miners, who form a very large percentage of the population.
Water supply is considered the most important factor in future development. Considerable study has been given to this ques tion by the Reclamation Service, various city authorities, and those interested in ranching. Increase in population and further development of natural resources depend very largely upon bet ter regulation and increase of ﬂow, and in more conservative use of the available water.
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