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Ranger McDonald points out hard-pan rangeland near the forest that
had been denuded of valuable perennial grasses by overgrazing. Water
in a bottomless coffee can set into the ground here took a good half-hour
to soak in while the same test on. soif with a good content of organic
material and humus plus a good grass cover took less than 5 seconds.
Students Check First Hand
On Forest Conservation
THESE THREE pictures are of students from the 7th and 8th
grades of the Florence-Carlton school, Ravalli county, as they were
shown forest conservation first hand in an all day field trip into
the Bitter Root forest by Ranger Charles McDonald of the Stevens
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Core boring this giant yellow pine indicated fbe tree was probably
©▼er 300 years old old. Value of such a tree with approximately 3.500
board feet of good lumber was estimated at about $600.
Waste of about 50 good board feet of lumber was shown at this stop.
Inefficient loggers had left a 30-inch high stump that could have been
cut at least 2 feet closer to the ground. (MF-S photos)
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