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Page 10 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 34 no. 1 1958

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All of the states have some type of organized protection from fire which is adequate for normal seasons. It is not adequate for extreme situations, and at such times the losses are great. Furthermore, there are thousands of acres of private woodland that have sort of protection. State-wide forest fire protection should be auth ized by law and financed by direct legislative appropriation, Nationwide experience has demonstrated that only on this basis can adequate and efficient fire control be realized. 3. Develop and expand a program of improvement of existing forest stands and their management on a sound forestry basis. Objective: To make woodland of the states more productive by encouraging and assisting owners in applying sound forest management practices to their lands. In most private forests, the productivity is relatively low. It has been demonstrated that both growth rates and quality can be multiplied. Most of the ownerships are small. One survey shows that one and a half million individuals own a total of 76 million acres in tracts less than 500 acres in size. These small forests must pro- I vide a substantial portion of the raw materials our forest industries I need. To accomplish the objective without further delay, technical aid and guidance must be available to small woodland owners, sawmill operators, and other industries. For example, cooperative forest management programs currently require the services of additional full-time technical foresters to meet the request for assistance.

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