Leadership

WATERSHED FORESTATION

Issue 18 and Volume 59.

WATERSHED FORESTATION ITS CULTIVATION AND PROTECTION FROM FIRE A progressive policy was adopted several years ago by Alexander Orr, C.E., Superintendent of the Gloversville Water Department, namely that of forestation of the watershed there. Superintendent Orr began this work in the spring of 1908, when he planted a number of white. Scotch and red pines, and has continned this work regularly each year until there are at the present time approximately 400,000 young trees on the water department holdings. This work will be continued until the entire watershed is covered with pine wood. Superintendent Orr states that these trees exhibit considerable hardiness, the loss up to date being less than 10 per cent. The trees are planted 5×5 and 6×6 feet apart, and it is generally considered that this is the most satisfactory way of spacing them. The accompanying illustrations show these small trees at various stages of growth. Water…

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