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

The timber supply,   pp. 386-389 PDF (1.5 MB)


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The Wisconsin Lunmbermn.
were demolished, but the general I
feeling now-a-days is unfortunately E
towards promoting felling in order
to keep pace with the increasing
demand for exportation, but still I i
do not think that there is any great X
reason for anxiety and alarm, for I
even if this improvident deforestation i
is allowed we can but resort to the
American markets for our supply of
timber."  And lastly, we have a
writer over the name of " Lignum
Vitae " in the same issue of the
Journal, who, in concluding his re-
marks on the supply in Sweden (and
whose communication I will farther
notice by and by), asks the question,
"if a corner of Europe will give us
the annual supply without diminish-
ing the capital stock, what rate of
consumption the mighty and inter-
minable forests of America will en-
dure from age to age without the
likelihood of appreciable diminu-
tion."
It is, sir, quite incomprehensible
to me that such utter ignorance as
the foregoing extracts exhibit should
at this day be entertained regarding
the supply of timber in Canada and
the United States, which are but
some eight or nine days steaming
from your shores, and from which
you have for so many years drawn
such a large proportion, and I might
say the only description of building
timber fit to be called such in your
markets.
The United States, north and
south, this side of the Rocky Moun-
tains, have not as much building
timber, which may be comprehended
in the material of pine, hemlock,
and spruce, as will last them a
dozen of years at the present yearly
increasing rate of consumption; and
I will venture to assert, without fear
of successful contradiction, that in-
stead of Canada having "a supply
for the most exacting populations
for centuries," she has not as much
of those descriptions of timber this
side of the Pacific slope as would
supply the present consumption of
the United States alone for the
short period of three years, if called
on to do so. The oak, ash, white-
wood, and walnut Canada is now
stripped of, and two or three years
it the fartherest will see an end of
her elm; and as she will for the
future be called on to supply to a
greater extent than heretofore the
yearly increasing waste and wants of
the United States, and this more es-
pecially if reciprocity is effected be-
tween the two countries, I am as
confident as it is possible to be on
any question of the future, that not
a foot of her timber will reach this
market in a decade from now; and I
am just as sure that in less time the
United States will be competing with
you in whatever other markets you
may be drawing your supplies from.
Notwithstanding their "mighty and
interminable forests" which 'Lignum
Vitae" assures us they have, and the
nine hundred millions of acres which
the Building News says Canada has
lying alongside of them, alarmed at
the denudation of their forests, the
Congress of the United States are
now legislating on the question of
the preservation of their nearly ex-
hausted  resources,  and  giving
bonuses for timber-planting; and
they are also entertaining the ques-
tion of reciprocity with Canada, a
question they would not think of for
a moment did they not see the ne-
cessity of preserving the timber now
left as long as possible by supple-
menting it by drafts on Canada.
I should, sir, judge, from the re-
marks of the gentleman who gives
himself the heavy wood name of
"Lignum Vite," that he could not
have very carefully read the com-
munication on the timber supply
published in a preceeding number of
your Journal he so furiously criti-
cises. The very firstparagraph com-
mences with, "I find in conversing
with the timber merchants of Liver-
pool, Glasgow, and this city, on the
subject of timber," &c. Again, he
says your correspondent has paraded
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