Proceedings of the Southern Forestry Congress

Proceedings of the Southern Forestry Congress

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...Forester of Maryland, Mr. F. W. Besley. WHAT THE STATES CAN DO IN FOREST FIRE PROTECTION BY F. W. BESLEY, STATE FORESTER or MARYLAND The duty of any State to protect its forests is analogous to that of every city which protects its property. Here in the South is a forested area of approximately 178,000,000 acres, representing practically 57 per cent of the total land area. It comprises one of the most valuable assets of the South and yet one that is nowhere fully appreciated. I recently heard a man who is familiar with conditions in the Southern Pine Belt remark that were it not for the existing fire hazard all his money long ago would have gone into second-growth pine lands in the South. He said: "It is cheap, the timber is increasing in value, and it ought to be a good proposition. But there is a danger from brush and forest fires that no one man can guard against. The attitude toward them in general is very careless, as if they were a necessary evil, and I can't afford to take a chance on them without spending my time right on the spot to see to their protection." His attitude was not uncommon. The new South has new resources which have a rapidly mounting value. Their safeguarding through State and county action, private initiative, an interested public sentiment, and every means we know is most essential to successfully developing this region--whether the timber is down along the coast, or in the mountains of the Southern Appalachians. This property is held by several classes of owners, some of it in large timbered areas, but much of it in smaller holdings. It is all land which pays taxes and is entitled to its full measure of protection. A large share of it is in continuous forest areas so that a fire on one...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847644
  • 9781236847645