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Page 9 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 34 no. 1 1958

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9 1. Continue and expand a program of education and inform atiop at all levels. Basically, there are three levels at which education and information activities must be aimed: A. General Public - Objective: To inform the people as to the im portance of the forest resource and benefits to be derived fromits protection and management as a renewable crop. Rapid progress in any phase of forest conservation can come about only with the full backing of an informed general pub lic and not merely segments thereof. Education of this type by necessity must be a continuous, powerful, and dynamic activity. But most important, the information must be presented in such a way as to show how forests contribute to the welfare of the individ ual regardless of his station in life. B. School Children - Objective: To inform our youth as to the im portance of the forest resource and benefits to be derived from its protection and management as a renewable crop. The objective can be achieved by expanding and intensifying all existing educational activities aimed at our youth in addition to requiring forest conservation training in all public schools. C. Woodland Owners and Forest Products Producers - Objective: To awaken woodland owners and forest products producers to the profits and advantages of good woodland management along with the _ management know-how. The information and educational activities now serving these people must be expanded and strengthened. The Extension Services of the state universities, the State Divisions of Forestry, and others responsible for information and educational activities must coordin ate their efforts. Strong and continuous lines of communication i. must be created and developed forthe maximum dissemination of information and education through press, radio, and other mass media. 2. Establish adequately financed state-wide forest fire protection (including necessary legislation). r 5,~. Objective: To protect all forest lands in the states at a level adequate to meet the fire situation during driest years. For more than a century parts of this region have had one of the worst forest fire problems in America. Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years, a big job lies ahead.

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