The Conservation of Forests


    FORESTERY propaganda, by which is understood the endeavaur to cultivate a forestry ‘sense’ in the people, has been in force for some time in the United States of America. The unrestricted lumbering under which so large a proportion of the forests of the country have been ruthlessly destroyed by axe, saw, and fire, led to the introduction of a forest service and forestry societies. It became recognised, however, that before any efficient protection of the remaining forest areas and the rehabilitation of portions of those destroyed could make any real progress, the people and. the big lumbering companies would have to bo educated as to the real meaning and value of the forest to the community and tho nation. Various steps have boon taken during the last decade or two, but progress in the direction desired was admittedly slow. Latterly this crusade has been taken up with renewed vigour, and the methods employed are worthy, not necessarily of imitation, but at least of study and consideration; for propaganda of a, similar kind is urgently needed if the new woods now being created in Britain are not to suffer from acts of negligence or worse at tho hands of members of the community, entirely unacquainted with the objects aimed at in bringing into being this form of national (as also priva,tely owned) property.

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    The Conservation of Forests. Nature 120, 316–317 (1927).

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