Suggestions in the Cultivation of Timber.
The U. S. Government is now making a most strenuous effort to preserve for the future of this great country of ours, an abundance of timber. The following suggestion is made to every one owning land:
A farm without a good woodlot is incomplete. Usually, not less than one-eighth of the acreage of every farm should be devoted exclusively to timber growing. If properly managed the woodlot will supply the farmer with posts, fuel, and building material, as suits his convenience best. It may even furnish some timber for market.
The woodlot should occupy the waste land not suitable for farm crops. Steep hillsides, ravines, swamps, sand dunes, creek banks, rocky slopes, and corners cut off by ditches, creeks, or railroads will sustain a good growth of timber and become an important source of revenue. Forest growth on steep slopes and river banks protects them from erosion by heavy rains and freshets.
Circular 138, recently issued by the Forest Service can be had free of the Forester at Washington. It gives the farmer some most valuable suggestions.