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probable that Western Washington may shift over rather largely, as the Southern Pine Belt has done, from its original native forest to a faster growing species once considered inferior, but now recognized as of greater value than the original stands. Regarding Washington's timber future, it seems safe to predict ihat unless sustained yield management becomes general almost immediately and unless restocking of rapid growing, high-yielding trees is made on cut-over lands within the next few years, another decade or two will see the national state leadership in lumber production shift from Washington, back to Louisiana, Georgia, or some other state in the Southern Pine Belt, where climatic conditions for rapid growth are the equal of those in the Northwest, but where topographic conditions for sustained yield reforestation are in many instances more favorable, where labor is cheaper, where markets are nearer, and where at least a ten year advantage of start in (sustained yield policy will be eminent. The Cut-Over Land Situation in Western Washington ;r, ????? Towisit !!¡rininfihaai-Smitlioni College, AUihania The first stage in American utilization of a forest region has been one of boom exploitation accompanied by the development of local towns and agricultural settlement. Once most of the virgin timber has been cut, there are three potential trends: permanent· logging of second -growth timber on a sustained yield basis, agricultural or some other type of replacement, or general decline and abandonment of the area. Western Washington is now entering this second stage. Approximately 55 per cent of the area of the 19 Western Washington counties is carried by the county assessors as privately owned. In 1910 45 per cent of this privately owned land was assessed as timber, in 1935 only 25 per cent. In the same period cleared land increased from 6 to but 8 per cent, and cut-over land from 45 to 65 per cent of the assessed land. In the past 15 years most of the counties appear to have reached approximate stability in the total cleared acreage assessed, or even a decline in some cases. Agricultural occupation, therefore , is obviously not the trend in Western Washington, and no other industries have yet been developed sufficiently to replace logging in the regional economy. The choice lies between permanent logging, and general decline and partial abandonment . Some relict communities already exist. In many districts the second-growth timber is not now suitably distributed in age classes for sustained yield forest management. Unless Western Washington is to undergo a period of definite decline, it must pay careful attention to the regrowth of timber. (L1Dl ...

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ISSN
1551-3211
Print ISSN
0066-9628
Pages
p. 29
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-01
Open Access
No
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