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The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

Wood manufactures in Russia,   p. 519 PDF (325.7 KB)

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The Wisconsan Lurinerman.
out an exploring party to examine timber
lands in the territory, so far as it may be
adapted to ship-building. They have ob-
tained valuable statistics from the explora-
tions that have been made, and they now
memorialize congress for the privilege of
buying a tract of timber land with a view
to establishing ship-yards there for the
construction of ships. In California there
has been great difficulty hitherto in getting
sufficien' ships to carry our grain to the
markets of the world, and the idea is that
if our people engage in ship-building a
great many of the farmers there will unite
to buy the ships in order to transp)rt the
grain. I move that the memorial be
printed and refered to the committee on
public lands, as it relates to the purchase
of a tract of land, and I think should more
properly go to that committee than any
A lumberman of much experience, well
known to the trade along the Mississippi,
and who keeps pretty well posted as to
the progress of the lumber trade, writes to
The Gazette froni Milwaukee, giving some
interesting i-nformation concerning the win-
ter's work in the pineries. He says that
estimates are fully made on the winter's
cut of logs in the pineries of Wiscom sin,
resulting in the following figures and pros-
pects for the coming business season:
The Green Bay district, which last year
cut about 25,030,000 feet and run off, in
addition, about 11,000,000 feet left over
the precee ding year, will have about 31,-
000,000 this year.
The Wolf river district will yield 121,-
000,000, to which may be added 30,000,-
000 feet of logs now on hand at Oshkosh,
making the total for the district 151,000,-
000 feet, or about 26,000,000 more than
kist year and 124,000,000 less than the
season of 1873.
The Wisconsin river will have on the
market onlv abont 65,000,000, being about
half its yield of 1873, but nearly double
that of last year. The Wisconsin last
year suffered a greater falling off than al-
most any other district in the state.
Black river district will yield this year,
as now estimated from  work done irn the
logging camps, about 120,000,000, being
from 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 more than
last year, and 20,000,000 less than the
season of 1873.
On the St. Croix the cut is estimated at
118,000,000 feet, or about 3,000,00( more
than last year.
The Chippewa and Eau Claire, rivers
will yield about 295,0(10,000, and the
Yellow river about 40,000,000.
Some effort has been made to estimate
the amount that will be produced by the
mrillers and lumber camps on the I ne(s of
railroads penetrating the pine regions. must
no satisfactory results have hevit rtacied.
This product has become important vnminigh
to cut a conspicuous figure in the Iuiluher
oporatiomus of the state, and beinig exell:p
from hindrances by ice or lowv  mr. is
more reliable as a source of profit chai, wavy
other branch of the lumber manufacituire in
the state.
Our correspondentadds that luailerinen
genmrally are somewhat discouraged at flie
prospect. They have earnestly sti :-,n i]
reduce the amount of productio:i mutii
prices should advaice, but their effi rts
have only been partially succensful. 'T he
crop of the present year is considwlrIdy
above that of last year, and the out-look
is thought to be but little improved.
According to recent statistics the ex-
tent ofthe forests of Russia in Emnope is
about 442,897,500 acres, or 40 per en t. oh
the whole area. The forests are iery una-
equally distributed, and altogether eu(Oitn-
tion and comnituication are thus renm(lh red
impracticable, the facilities are becumiumg
every year increased. Nearly 05 p1 r coint.
of the forest land is situated in the four
governments of the north-in Arm h umcel,
Vologda, Olenetz and  Perm.   Pv %- eni
1866 and 1870 upwards of 20,00Ut avres
were planted, exclusive of the aecton of
private owners. The principle trees are
the Scotch pine, spruce fir, larch, birch,
lime aspen and oak. The value of for-est
products exported in 1871 amounted to
16,926,553 roubles. But the internal con-
sumption gives a better idea of the im-
mense wealth of these forests. The ap-
proximate value as stated by Mr. Werekhn
must be at least 265,450,000 roubles per
annum. Wood is the only fuel used in
Bussia, and therxilroads consume wood to
the annual value of 7,200,000 rouhles. It
is estimated that 40,000,000 wooden spoons
are manufactured every year.
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