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of immediate preparation for this event, which sent an expert, accompanied by ten experienced would otherwise be sure to come.

foresters, to this State to study our forests. There is no important interest in this Common- Nearly three months was spent in the work, and wealth, no influential newspaper of the State, no the information thus obtained will be of great political party, no considerable number of leading value. citizens, which has not approved of all that the ' " There are about 80,000 acres of school or State has done in forestry and which will not ap- public lands under the care of the State land prove of any reasonable action of the Legislature agent. These lands are located in eighty different in still further advancing this forestry work in plantations, situated in eleven counties. About which the whole State has such a vital and imme- $13,000 has been received during the past year diate interest.

from the timber on these lands, of which nearly J. T. ROTHROCK. $1000 was collected in trespass cases. Frequent

complaints of trespass upon public lands are re

ceived, and, on account of the tracts being so Forest Resources of Maine.

widely scattered, much time and labor is required

in making investigation and properly protecting M T UCH has been said in regard to the rapid | the State's interest. IVT denudation of Maine's timber-lands, and “The land agent also has the care of Indian

the following extract from Governor township, so named, in Washington county. This Hill's annual message gives an authoritative state town contains 22,400 acres. It is well located, ment in regard to the situation as far as spruce is and is covered with young trees of different variconcerned, which will be of interest :

eties, which are making rapid growth. The soil " The Forestry Commissioner, after a most is fertile, and it is a valuable tract of land.” careful and thorough investigation, reports that there is standing in Maine to-day over 21,000,- The Eucalyptus on the Roman Campagna. 000,000 feet of spruce timber, not less than 9 inches in diameter, at the height of 4 feet. The

RECENTLY published paper upon the euannual growth varies from 2 to 4 per cent., ac

calyptus trees that have been introduced cording to the character of the soil and other

into this country,* recalls a visit that I conditions, and the Commissioner believes it is

made in the spring of 1901 to the celebrated eusafe to assume that when cut judiciously it will

calyptus plantations on the Roman Campagna. make an average yearly growth of 3 per cent., or

For several reasons the observations there made 630,000,000 feet. About 662,000,000 feet of

have never been published, but since Professor spruce was cut in the State during the season of

McClatchie's bulletin doubtless will revive or 1901-02, which is somewhat in excess of the

awaken interest in those wonderful trees, they may average amount for the past few years.

be brought forward now. “ It is evident that the growth of our spruce

The plantations lie about three miles outside forests is nearly keeping pace with the amount

the southernmost gate of Rome, close about an annually consumed. They are not likely to be

old monastery, known as the Abbadia delle Tre exterminated by our industries, but their greatest

Fontane, now occupied by a body of Trappist danger is from fire.

monks. The brothers are a thrifty set, and, apart “It is estimated that there is also about 2,000,

from their plantations and gardens, turn many a 000,000 feet of spruce in the Androscoggin val

penny by showing to visitors their three churches ley, in New Hampshire, for which the natural

and three springs. According to the legend, St. outlet is the pulp- and saw-mills of Maine. The new Fish River railroad will turn a large part of

Paul was beheaded there, and the three springs

or fountains gushed from the spots touched by his the forest products of that section to Maine manufacturers, which formerly went down the St.

head as it made three bounds when severed from John river to New Brunswick.

the body.

It is always hard to separate fact from fiction “There is also a large growth of valuable hard

in Italy, but in this case the effort to do it was woods of various kinds which will ultimately be a source of great wealth to the State, and give em

made because plantations of eucalypts afford a ployment to a large number of people.

cheap and easy means of improving many a ma

larial district, if the claims made for this one can “The Forestry Commissioner, who has con

be substantiated. ducted his investigations with great care, has been aided in his work by the United States Depart- *“ Eucalypts Cultivated in the United States." by A. I. ment of Forestry, which, during the past year, | McClatchie, Bulletin No. 35, C. S. Bureau of Forestry.

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