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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)


Page 388


8The Wiscoauin Lwmbemran.
before us on   the consuming side -%
very large figures, which seem  capa- p
ble of considerable modification; but -
he forbears to enter into calculations a.
on the side of supply which would     o
render the others perfectly insig- p
nificant.  Here your correspondent's n
critic asserts in tLe most positive I
manner what he cannot prove, and, fi
in fact, what he knows nothing about, s
and complains that the man he criti- r
cises  forbears to  enter into   the a
sources of supply, while he has gone I
over every state and territory of the r
Union, pointing out those that are    c
about exhausted, those that have a
-timber on them, where it is, and v
about how    much they have, and I
those that are prairie and treeless X
states-   This, one    would think, i
should be quite satisfactory as re- i
gards the supply; but as your cor- 4
respondent has long since returned    I
home to New York, and is not here i
to give further information on the E
subject, I will, with your permission,
supply his place in this respect by
giving the quantities estimated at
the highest figures in the different
states and territories, leaving  out
those on the Pacific side, which have
not more than will be necessary for
their own wants, the whole being
estimated at under seventy thousand
millions of feet; but even should they
have any to spare, it would be cheap-
er for the other states to get their
supplies from the 180,000 square
miles which "Lignum Vitme" says
they have in a corner of Europe, than
by Cape Horn or their own Pacific
railways.
Michigan, yellow pine ................. 50,000,000,000
Wcou  '  ........ 20,000,000,000
M ! ....... 16 OuO 6,0,000,000
Pennayivuiia, pine~ and hemlock . ..........  6 5,000,000,000
W. Virginia, yellow pine .................. T,000,O,000
B. Virginia, pitch pine .O         O......................  1 l0,00
Maine. chiefly pruce ................ 10,000,000000
New York, pine ......................  900,0' 0,OIJ
Alabams, pitch pine  ................. 1,500,0OU,000
Florlda, Ina,     ................. .1,700,1 00,00
S.                     ~  ~~~~~~~~~~1,6(0,10 1,0
N. Caroilna, pine ............. ,tit0, ,0
S. caroina,                  9,1.00,00
Georgia,  1 .......................  MIOJOO
Making altogether, feet .......... 15,440,t0),000
but which reduced to loads will give
192,400,000; and if "Lignum   Vita"
'ill take the trouble of dividing that
roduct by sixteen millions of loads
-the yearly consumption of pine
lone-he will see that a fraction
ver twelve years will use up all the
ine and spruce, pitch and yellow,
north and south, this side of the
Rocky mountains, without adding a
foot for the yearly increasing con-
umption, which will very materially
educe the time of total exhaustion;
,nd should he be curious to learn
Low the foregoing statistics were ar-
ived at, I will tell him. When the
communication to theNational Board
If Trade Convention above mentioned
vas made public, it was seen by those
umber-supplying states, and partic-
ularly in the west, that it would be
Necessary to take steps to counteract
its effects, or the people would be
clamoring for the admission of lun-
ber from Canada free of duty, and an
investigation of the supply in the
several timber producing states was
at once set on foot; and if not with
an endeavor to make the aggregate
as large as possible, it was certainly
not intended to make it less than it
was; but all their eflorts in this di-
rection only served to show that the
Canadian's lumberman's figures of
supply could not be gainsayed, and
the congressional returns of consump-
tion show he was rather under than
over the actual yearly requirements,
and, now that we have the question
of reciprocity under consideration,
what under other circumstances
would not be for a moment enter-
tained. " Lignum Vitae" informs us
that he knows of a hundred thousand
acres of well-timbered lands on the
St. Lawrence which can be purchased
for 7s. 6d. per acre. If he knows
this, he knows what no one in Can-
ada does; and I will assure him,that
instead of 7s. 6d. per acre, if the for-
tunate party will only hold on to it,
and it has but ten good pine trees
instead of "three hundred" to the
acre, and if within reasonable dis-
tance of water to float it to the St.
Lawrence, it will bring him from one
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