On the Forestry Conditions of Northern Wisconsin

On the Forestry Conditions of Northern Wisconsin

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...It is impossible to foretell how long the pine is likely to last. As stumpage increases in price and the opportunity to buy it decreases, one mill after another drops out. Half the mills of 20 years ago are no longer in existence, not because they failed to pay but because their pine supplies gave out, and this same process will continue. The output, already on the decline, will grow smaller, and the exploitation of the 17 billion feet of standing timber is likely to be drawn out over a period far greater than would seem possible with the present rate of cutting. Nevertheless, the experience of parts of Michigan and also of Wood, Portage, and other counties in Wisconsin indicate that cutting will go on without regard to the end, and its rate depends merely on considerations of market conditions and facilities for handling timber, so that the end of the greater part of pine lumbering is likely to be quite sudden, and its effect correspondingly severe. The cut of hemlock, though still small, may at any time take on considerable dimensions. There are several good reasons which make this desirable. The wood is much better than is commonly assumed, and it is mere prejudice--and more the prejudice of the carpenter than of the consumer--which prefers poor pine to good hemlock. For some time the old hemlock has been dying out quite rapidly in most parts of this area; this process will certainly continue and unless the old stands are cut, much valuable material will be lost. Hardwood lumbering will continue for a long time, though probably at a very variable rate. As things are now, the present cut of 4-500 million feet per year can be continued for more than 50 years unless settlement and consequent clearing should progress at a very unusual pace. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123659245X
  • 9781236592453