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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

The timber supply,   p. 502 PDF (377.6 KB)

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The Wisconsin Lumberman.
parlor work, bookcases, desks, tables,
and other articles of furniture in
endless variety in New York are
crowded with this wood to such an
extent that it is to be feared people
will tire of seeing it, and thus will be
lost to the American trade the use of
oDe of the prettiest woods on the
cabinet-maker's list.-Exchange.
From tae Xowdreal Gazeffe.
Under this heading, we
another column, presented
communication from Mr.
are, in
with a
Little, having reference to one of the
most important questions now call-
ing for the attention of this country.
To many, doubtless, his statements
will appear startling, and be rejected
as unworthy of credence. But the
extensive research and experience of
the writer, seem to be sb thoroughly
confirmed by many of our most
prominent lumber operators, that we
are prepared to more readily accept
his views upon the question, than of
any one of the numerous contributors
to American publications who have
vainly endeavored to refute his pre-
viously expressed opinions. We who
live in the active commercial centres
of Canada, and are accustomed to
seeing millions of feet of timber
annually passing our doors, brought
from our inland forests and shipped
on to the New England, South
American, and European markets,
apparently forget to think that there
can ever be a limit to the supply
whence all this is now obtained. We
point away to the Ottawa and the St.
Maurice, or proudly boast of the un-
told wealth of merchantable forest-
property yet to be made subject to
the woodman's axe in the vast un-
settled new territory of the North-
west. But we seem blinded to or
ignorant of the fact, that all the
forest growth of Canada is not suit-
able for commercial purposes; and it
is only when some such unexpected
but forcible truths as are set forth by
our correspondent come upon usthat
we are suddenly led toj realize tha t
amidst the vast area of country now
coverqd with trees, the proportion of
pine and spruce (the really valuable
and available mercantile woods) is
is actually of such limited extent, as
to threaten us with the prospect of
entire denudation in a remarkably
short space of time. Surely this is
enough to arrest the hands of those
who have hitherto cut into our tim-
ber lands with incomprehensible reck-
lessness.  If it be true that the
Americans have been reducing their
forests so prodigally, that their is
every indication they will be bereft
of every foot of timber east of the
Rocky Mountains within ten or
twelve years, how much more should
not we who would then be called on
to entirely supply them,-as we do
partially now-be careful to conserve
our pine and spruce supply, when we
are informed that our production
could not provide to the Americans
for their annual consumption a full
supply for three years. By all means
the suggestion is a good one: that
Canadian lumbermen should curtail
their supplies by one-half. Be con-
tent with less immediate gain, in the
sure prospect of vastly greater profit
in the future, no longer try to run a
race with our southern neighbors in
reducing forests, but rather regard
the timber growth as a patrimony
worthy of strict conservation, resting
assured of ultimate personal and
national pecuniary beneift. We cor-
dially commend the utterances of our
correspondent to all who have any
connection with the timber trade of
Canada. It is also to be hoped that
the proposed meeting, mentioned in
the last paragraph of the communi-
cation, will be held, and that some
practical suggestions may be elicited
and acted upon.
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