Excerpt from Report of the State Forester of Wisconsin for 1909 and 1910
It is now over seven years since the passage of the first for estry law in 1903, so that the recommendations in this report are based upon experience. The state forest reserves have grown in these years from acres to acres, but the state must have a reserve of at least acres in order to pro tect the headwaters of our most important rivers to aid in te taining our wood-using ind'ustries within the state by supplying them with timber, their raw material which they must have, and to protect the beauty of our wonderful northern lake region that should annually bring millions of dollars into the state, through tourists, campers, hunters and fishermen.
Our loss of forest resources by forest fires has been simply appalling amounting to $9,000,000in 1908, and to over in 1910, and our town fire warden system has proved absolutely inadequate, as it is based upon the wrong principle of fighting fires after they occur and not of preventing them.
All who have studied the question agree that the time has come when the legislature must look at the forestry work from the broad view point of the best state policy and decide definitely what the future policy shall be.
Wisconsin has ranked as one of the greatest lumber produc ing states in the Union and much of her wealth has and should come from her forests. However, the figures compiled by the U. S. Census Bureau show us how rapidly Wisconsin is losing her proud position in lumber production, for while she ranked first in 1900 the figures for 1910 show that she has dropped to eighth place and that the decrease in production has been which is a greater loss than that of any other state.
Our wood-using industries consume annually more than 930 'million board feet of lumber valued at and this6 report OF the state forester.
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