Ames Forester: Volume 27, Issue 1
The last seminar of the school came. The air was filled with the customary shouts of good will, laughter, and unusual confusion. The foresters of Iowa State were together again-some for the last time. The gang was again about to be scattered over the broad face of the good old United States for a brief three months. However, no one sheds tears over these partings. They only add to the fascination of forestry and the strong feeling of fellowship one forester holds for another.
Although the northern white pine type is one of the most extensive in New England, specific funds for investigative work in white pine were not made available to the Forest Service until the fiscal year 1939. However, the white pine studies conducted by the Forest Service in the early part of the century and more recently by various agencies within the region have laid a foundation for the proposed work by the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station.
THE southern coastal and the interior country of Alaska is fairly well wooded below normal timber line wherever soil and drainage conditions are favorable. However, north of about 67° or 68° north latitude, on a broad strip bordering Bering Sea on the west, on the Aleutian Islands, and on much of the lower Aleutian Peninsula, no tree growth of any importance is found. Why the absence of tree growth in these southwestern, western and northern regions ? They are not, of course, the frozen wastes which might be pictured, but support a rich growth of hardy vegetation. Why no trees?
The limited opportunities, temporarily, for employment of graduating foresters in the United States is a challenge both to students and to educators in the field of forestry. The profession itself will probably benefit as well as suffer from the situation. If the condition were analyzed, it would probably be found that the plight of prospective foresters is little different from that o£ recent graduates in other professions, but such a conclusion offers little consolation to those foresters who are unable to find work. They are principally interested in discovering ways to find a niche in their chosen profession. A few suggestions are offered herewith, in the hope that zealous foresters might not become discouraged and that the profession might rescue a capable body o£ personnel whose loss would probably be keenly felt in the future.