Chittenden, Alfred K. (Alfred Knight), 1879-1930 / The taxation of forest lands in Wisconsin
Chittenden, Alfred K.; Irion, Harry
Introduction, pp. -9 PDF (1.3 MB)
THE TAXATION OF FOREST LANDS IN WISCONSIN By ALFRED K. CMTTENDEN, Forest Examiner, and HARRY IRION, Forest Service. INTRODUCTION. On the initiative of the Wisconsin State Board of Forestry, the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture in April, 1910, entered into a co-operative agreement by the termsr of which it was to undertake a study of forest conditions in the State of Wisconsin. The main purpose of the study was to determine the extent of the bur- den now carried by timberlands as a result of the present methods of taxation, and what influence, if any, such methods of taxation have or will have on the practice of forestry by private owners. Especial thanks are due the State Forester and also the State Tax Commis- sion for the valuable assistance given throughout the course of the study. That the perpetuation of this country's forests, and their manage- ment along conservative lines, is an object of grave concern to the nation and to individual states, and a proper subject of legislation, all admit. Nor will it be denied by those having a proper regard for the future, that the time has arrived when affirmative action must be taken if this end is to be attained. Every day of delay lessens the chance of success. Forest conservation by private owners depends primarily upon one point: Does it pay? If forestry can not be made to pay without granting it special favors it has no place in the business world of today. The two great obstacles to the practice of forestry by private owners are forest fires and an unjust and unequal system of taxation. Without proper control of the forest fires that yearly run over the -cut-over lands, no private owner can hold his cut-over lands for a ~i.
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