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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Helpful facts in building a summer camp: by a woman camper who knows all about it,   pp. 567-570 PDF (1.9 MB)

How one state is encouraging town forests,   p. 570 PDF (468.6 KB)

Page 570

noisy crested flycatcher, that diverting Wild
Irishman among the birds, is dominant;
and the waxen cups of the sweet-bays
empty their faint, delicious fragrance into
the morning mist above the lake. So far,
on account of the babies, we have sought
fair weather; but even so, many a gray day
of blustering rain has caught us; and
"Father," splashing through the mud at
nightfall, with shining face, has found us
snug and safe. And, as they grow older,
we mean to pass on to them our own love
of the good earth in all weathers. The
woods are never bankrupt, even in Decem-
ber. They always keep something in store.
Some of the months flaunt their gifts, some
love to hide their special treasures for us
to hunt for; but none comes ill-provided.
We have learned to name each month for its
unique delight, and through the happy out-
door lessons that Nature, with her woods
and streams and changing seasons, has
taught us, we have learned far deeper and
more wonderful truths than any school-
books could hold.
NDER the new Town Fore
       cently passed in Massachus
       and towns may own an
       forests of their own. It
courage the movement in this dire
the Massachusetts Forestry Ass(
offering to plant 6o,ooo three-year
pine transplants on fifty acres oi
acquired for the town forest, of i
town that wins the prize. The y,
will be spaced six feet apart.
  In order to enter the contest,
pality must own and set aside at
acres, under the new Town Forest
fifty acres of that area must be
forest trees. In Massachusetts
pine is the best commercial sp
most of the places entering the c
plant white pine.
  A committee appointed by the .
  to judge the contest will visit all t
  It will determine the standing o
  testants on the area acquired, the
  planting done, the quality of the t
  ed, extension provisions, advan
  lumbering, and water and soil
  fire protection, recreation and aes
  sibilities, and general improvemen
  priate scores are allowed on each
  a result of the requirements, the ci
  having the best possibilities for a
  n1A ofiln town fo~re~t wiln. the
least ten entries must be made before
prize will be awarded. The contest open
June i, i91/i, and will close June I, I91
This allows for fall and spring planting.
  When we consider the splendid adva
tages which a town forest will bring to
city or town, and the small outlay requiri
to start such a forest and to maintain it,
should expect to hear of many places ent
ing this public-spirited contest. They ha
nothing to lose and much to gain.
  Many places already own considerabi
areas on their water-sheds to protect the'
drinking water from pollution. They coul
do nothing better than to plant these area
to trees. Besides getting the best protectioi
for their water supply, they will be grow-
ing a crop of timber. It is to be hoped that
many cities and towns will avail themselvesý
of this opportunity to beautify their sur-;
roundings and conserve their resources. Is
not the idea worth carrying out in other
States also?-From The American City.

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