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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Appendix to report of forestry division. Forest fire plan,   pp. [121]-138 PDF (3.3 MB)


Page 126


126        WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION
companies are instructed to watch them for fires and should any occur to
take steps to fight them. These companies have authorized the head
ranger to call out any of their employes at any time to help in fighting
fires, the expense of such work to be borne by the lumber companies.
Diagram of administrative organization:
        STATE CONSERVATION COMMISSION.
                          JAMES NEVIN,
                          W. E. BARBER,
                          F. B. MOODY.
Fisheries            Game                    Forestry
  JAMES NEVIN           W. E. BARBER           F. B. MOODY
Parks            Reforestation    Education         Fire Protection
                  (C. L. HARRINGTON)          (E. M. WEAVER)
Permanent force     Temporary force      Emergency force
  Rangers (10)         Federal patrolmen (9)  People of the surround-
  Forest Assistant (1)  Workmen and laborers ing region:
  Permanentworkman(1) (5 to 50)                Settlers. Woodsmen
                                              Summer resort owners
                                                and employes (300 to
                                                500 men)
Permanent force.
  The protective force consists, first, of rangers, forest assistants, patrol-
men and laborers employed by the forestry branch of the Conservation
Commission within the protected area and, second, of the hired fire fighters
and the surrounding population. The latter are of service in the prevention
and detection of fires, but are called upon to fight fires only in times
of
emergency. The protective force is under the direct charge of the head
ranger in all matters relating to protection, while each district is super-
vised by a ranger.
  The protected area is subdivided into 17 ranger or patrol districts,
varying in size from 60,000 to 138,000 acres. The average number of
acres per district is 95,900.
  The head ranger is field superintendent of all districts. He is held
responsible to the commissioner in charge of forestry activities for the
efficiency of the field work in all districts. His duties require him to
out-
line all work that is carried on in each district, especially work to improve
the protective system; to make frequent inspections of all work being
carried on, of all equipment and of lines of communication; to hire work-
men; to look after trespass cases and sales of forest products, and to super-
vise all other administrative and protective work over the entire area.
  In his district the ranger has complete charge of all protective work,
and is held responsible to the head ranger for the efficiency of the fire
fighting force under him. He must keep posted on general affairs within
his district that have any bearing onr the fire situation; he must see that
the fire fighting apparatus is in shape for service; he must oversee all
improvement work such as road building, fire line and trail construction,
telephone line maintenance and inspection. He is responsible for the care
of all state property within his district.


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