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Chittenden, Alfred K. (Alfred Knight), 1879-1930 / The taxation of forest lands in Wisconsin
(1911)

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THE TAXATION OF FOREST LAANDS IN WISCONSIN.
With the possible exception of Florence county less timber is being
cut than in any of the other ten counties. The probable length of time
the present stand will last can not, therefore, be determined with any
degree of accuracy. With a normal amount cut it should certainly
last twenty or twenty-five years. But if the present rate of cutting
is continued it should last much longer. With the exception of the
northern parl, the land is essentially forest land and probably can
never be adapted to any use other than that of growing timber.
  Originally, Marinette county was largely covered with pine, but the
greater part of the pine has been cut and a mixed stand of hemlock
and hardwoods is left, with considerable pine in some places. Wher-
ever the timber has been cut- or even lightly culled, forest fires have
run through, and as the result the greater part of the county has been
burned over. Extensive tracts of jack pine grow in the central and
southwestern part of the county, and large burned-over areas are
everywhere. There are extensive areas of agricultural land in this
county.
  Price county is a typical hardwood county. The greater part of the
area is unquestionably well adapted for agricultural uses, being a
light sandy loam, varying to a heavier clay, or to a sandy soil in
different sections. As in most of the northern hardwood counties,
there are manv irregular areas of poorly. drained land that form typical
tamarack, spruce and cedar swamps, many of which will, in time, be
drained and successfully farmed. Probably 5 per cent of the total
area is of this type, and about the same proportion is so sandy and
rock-strewn that a great many years will elapse before complete utili-
zation of such lands will be undertaken. There are rather large areas
in the southern part of the county, where the topography is so rough
and irregular and at the same time so interspersed with swamps that
it is doubtful whether such land can ever be profitably farmed.
Probably 10 to 20 per cent of the county would be of greater produc-
tive value if continued under timber than it would be if farmed or
pastured.
  The timber in Price county is typical hardwood or hemlock-hard-
wood growth, though there are occasional small stands of valuable
white pine, and not infrequently some pine is found in mixture with
hemlock and hardwoods, but the more extensive white pine formerly
abundant in many parts of the county, particularly in the central
part, has been pretty well cleaned out for the past ten to twenty years.
Most of the hardwood and hemlock has also been removed within 1O,
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