Ames Forester: Volume 66, Issue 1
There are more than four million private nonindustrial wood land owners in the lower 48 states of the United States. They own 300 million acres or 59 percent of the potentially productive forest land. In the eastern part of the country the proportion of forest land in small private holdings is 73 percent. In the Northeast and the Lake states 56 percent of these holdings are owned by non-farmers such as teachers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, hunting clubs, and just plain citizens who love the outdoors. Most of the remainder is owned by farmers. The average holding is small but in all they contain 38 percent of the commercial timber volume. Thus, the small woodland owner controls a major portion of both timber supply and the environmental values such as wildlife habitat, recreation, pure water, and aesthetics. It is time that we realized these facts and promoted an effective partnership between the woodland owners and the public to attain both the timber and the environmental values, while at the same time preserving the forest-soil-sitewater ecosystem. What do most
Is integrated forest pest management a new term for an activity already understood and practiced since the beginning of forest management? Although foresters have understood the management aspects associated with pests, the integrated systems approach in pest decision-making is new. The forest manager of today has the opportunity to develop a complete forest management plan that integrates all aspects of management, including pest management.
AT 6:30 in the evening on March 20, 1979, while most Iowa State students were at home eating dorm or " make-do" meals and growing weary-eyed from staring at reading assignments, the Ames Foresters and their friends were enjoying an exotic feast of North American wild game, and laughing and learning from the night's entertainment. If you are one who missed this annual event, you should never forgive yourself, for it was a night well worth remembering.
Back in the ages birchbark canoes slid up and down the South Fork of the Flambeau River. They came to a little meeting of a small spring fed creek. On both sides of the creek stood towering white pine. On the south side was a narrow high point up a steep twenty foot bank. The other side dropped as steeply to the swamp. On this point, one hundred by two hundred feet, stood at least forty huge pines. Canoes were parked on the shore and moccassin clad feet padded up the short trail to the fire spot. Oh, if only pine stumps could talk! Wood was gathered and a fire was built on the old fire spot. The soil is black with charcoal three inches deep on a fifty foot circle. The ground was bare under most of those huge pines except for a pine needle bed outside the fire spot. There was venison jerkie, wild rice and dried berries to eat.
Firesides mean sitting around the hearth, and watching the flames dance, talking of things past, meeting an ISU Forester (a fellow classmate at that!) that you never really knew, and spending a friendly evening with a professor in his home.