National Forest Fire Prevention

National Forest Fire Prevention

A national forestation program will be prepared by the lumber, paper and wood conservation interests of the country and introduced in both houses of Congress, calling for an expenditure of $14,000,000. According to R. S. Kellogg, New York City, chairman of national forestry committee, which has been formed by the various organizations, “the most important feature of this legislation is fire prevention, because that is of such immediate need. Forestation is expensive and provides for the future. Fire prevention saves timber needed now. Forestation is husbandry, just as much as agriculture is. It is one way of getting the utmost out of the soil, and 25 per cent, of the land in this country is fit only to produce timber. It is that land toward which this legislation is aimed. The present annual appropriation for all the work of the United States Forest Service, including the protection and administration of 135,000,000 acres of national forests, is only $6,000,000, and over two-thirds of this amount is returned to the public in receipts from the sale of timber, grazing fees and other privileges. A conservative capitalization of the present value of the resources of the National Forests totals $1,250,000,000. Adding to the present Forest Service appropriation all the items above suggested would make the total annual national expenditure upon our timber supply less than one-half the cost of one modern battleship, and only one per cent, of the capitalized value of the forest resources which are nationally owned.”

A permit has been isued to the fire department of Hartford, Conn., to erect a machine shop at the estimated cost of $76,729.

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