Forests and Water Supplies.

Forests and Water Supplies.

As the water supply of so many cities is derived from mountainous and rocky territory, with which the agriculturist can do nothing, it has come to be imagined that no use can be made of them. Those who have conceived that idea, however, are altogether unacquainted with what has been accomplished by some few municipalities and private companies in the way of utilising these wastes so as to make them feeders for water supplies by planting them with trees or taking good care of such tracts as already forested. On this subject Municipal Engineering says that the value of proper forest management has long been understood by some water companies; “but the full measure of great results yet to be had is not generally appreciated. The forest is the guardian of the water supply—on it greatly depends the purity, regularity and vrh-ire of the flow, and the proper care and maintenance of its individual members, not only insures protection of the storage-basins and reservoirs, but establishes a source of considerable revenue from judicious thinnings and improvement cuttings. The thinning process should be done with most kindly and intelligent care that the health, thrift and vigor of the trees may be increased without disturbing the natural wild grace and beauty of the scenery. Planting of suitable and profitable trees is also a subject for most careful consideration.”

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