Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
Extent-value and use of Wisconsin woodlots, pp. 117-120 PDF (926.9 KB)
120 WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION increasing, this product is of especial importance and, if coupled with the other advantages which spring from this source, it undoubtedly warrants better methods of management in the average farm woodlot. Just what constitutes better silvical systems as applied to woodlot management cannot be discussed here, because of the great diversity of conditions that are met with in the state. Every woodlot has its own prob- lems. The pine stands of the sandy regions of the state require different treatment than the oak woodlots of the southern counties. With a view towards determining the best systems of management that can be applied in Wisconsin, the woodlots of the following counties, and all factors that might influence their development, have been studied. Adams Fond du Lac Ozaukee Trempealeau Ashland Green Polk Vernon Barron Jefferson Portage Walworth Bayfield La Crosse Richland Washburn Calumet Langlade Rock Washington Crawford Lincoln Rusk Waukesha Columbia Manitowoc Sauk Waupaca Dane Marathon Shawano Winnebago Dodge Marinette Sheboygan Douglas Oconto Taylor It is planned to issue reports from the data compiled during these studies for those regions of the State in which woodlot conditions are of a similar character. To further encourage woodlot development, the following plan has been adopted by the Conservation Commission. On request to the commission by the owner of a tract of land, who also agrees to bear the expenses of travel and maintenance of the examiner, a thorough examination of the property is made by an expert forester. The results of this examination are set forth in a practical working plan report. This plan embraces a practical system for the cutting and marketing of small tracts of timber such as farm woodlots, or in case of bare areas or one in need of planting, the report includes a practical planting plan, or where a combination of conditions exists, a combination of both cutting and planting plan is considered. The ideas and desires of the owner of the property examined are always taken into consideration in the prepara- tion of the report. In order to reduce the cost of such examinations to the individual, the requests to the Commission from one part of the State are gathered together, and at a definite time an examiner is sent to complete all examinations in that region. In this way the work is made more syste- matic for the Commission, and less expensive to the property owner. In conjunction with this plan of land examination the commission is growing forest trees on a large scale, which will be sold to land owners in the state at the approximate cost of raising them. It is hoped that through the circulation of the instructive pamphlets on woodlot conditions and management, coupled with lectures and personal contact with the owners of woodlots, that a greater interest will be aroused in their favor and that the yield of the woodlots of the state will be materially increased.
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