What Forests Give


One-third of the United States is forest land, and from it we get wood and all the things that are made from it, laboratories for scientific study, outdoor museums, and service and protection against erosion, floods, and wind. We also get a place for sport and recreation and a chance for security. These things we can get now.

What more the forests can be made to give us in the future depends on ourselves. More in the way of food, undoubtedly—more nuts; more cattle food—more protection for land and water, a use for lignin that will satisfy some new need, more pleasure, and increasing security.

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Last Updated: 19-Apr-2010
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