Trenk, Fred B. (Fred Benjamin), 1900- / Forest planting handbook
Kelleter, Paul D.
Foreword, pp. 3-4 PDF (508.5 KB)
FOREWORD The growth of forest consciousness in Wisconsin is well illustrated in the constantly increasing number of forest trees which have been planted in the state in each of the last few years. Governmental agencies, wood using indus- tries, farmers and other landowners, schools and other edu- cational groups-all these have been indicating their in- creased interest in reforestation by planting more and more trees each year. Beginning in 1932, the state of Wisconsin increased its annual forest planting program tenfold. In carrying out this program, 10,000 acres of state owned land will be plant- ed to forest trees each year. County governments are exhibiting a keen and increasing interest in reforesting those lands now idle which are com- ing into the ownership of the county through tax delin- quency. The federal government is developing a comprehensive planting program on national forests in Wisconsin. But regardless of the scope of the planting plans of gov- ernmental agencies, a great part in the task of reforesting Wisconsin's idle lands will remain for private enterprise. Most lands needing reforestation are privately owned. It is the function of the state to point the way for refor- estation and to establish demonstration areas in each of the sections which are adaptable to the production of raw material for specific wood using industries. It is expected that more and more wood working industries will follow the lead of the state and of those pioneer industries which have already undertaken extensive reforestation enterprises. Individual owners of small tracts of land are recognizing in artificial reforestation a means of establishing a crop on some lands which would otherwise remain unproductive. Such owners will not engage in extensive planting opera- tions requiring heavy machinery for soil preparation and large crews to carry on the work during the short planting 3
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