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Gold Coast Timbers

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    ALL over the Empire, wherever forests at all accessible exist, the same formula is heard expressed: “War-time conditions have brought about an increased demand for timber both locally and for export”; and the demands of the fighting forces are to a large extent responsible for this increased demand. On several occasions allusion has been made to this factor in NATUBE. There may occasionally be an asset to set against these often unsuper-vised extra fellings, one of which is mentioned in a publication of the Forestry Department of the Gold Coast entitled “Gold Coast Timbers”(Govt. Printers, Accra, 1941), issued under the name of the Chief Conservator of Forests, who had the assistance of officers of the Department in its compilation. As was the case during the War of 1914-18, especially in India and Burma, the great demands by the Army and, in the present War, largely increased demands for commercial war production, have necessitated a larger call on the tropical forests and the bringing into utilization of timbers for which there was no commercial demand in peace-time. As the author says of the Gold Coast, timber is required for many and varied purposes, and species formerly but little used have come into prominence.

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