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wan, so that the results in these two provinces may be seriously delayed. It is believed that this work should be handled on such a scale that the data for British Columbia and Saskatchewan may be gathered within the next eighteen months, and for the whole Dominion within five years.

Study of   There are also various other investigations for which

Forest   it is exceedingly important that provision be made.

Reproduction One of these is a study of forest reproduction and rate of growth, with a careful check estimate of the amount of standing timber on representative portions of the Crown timber lands of New Brunswick. There has already been tentative discussion with the Government of New Brunswick relative to a co-operative handling of this project. It is believed that the execution of such work as this, not only in New Brunswick but in other provinces as well, together with the collection, on an adequate scale, of data relative to the forest resources of the Dominion, will amply justify a request for an increased appropriation for the work of the Commission.

A detailed statement of the financial situation as to forestry work. during the current year is as follows:

 

Cost of investigation of forestry conditions on the

public domain, by J. H. White, approximately.... $1,700 Cost of detailed study of forest reproduction on Trent

watershed, by Dr. C. D. Howe, approximately....   1,600 Study of forest resources and forest conditions in Sas-

katchewan, by J. C. Blumer    1,000 Study of forest resources and forest conditions in

British Columbia, by Dr. H. N. Whitford, to date   1,600

Necessary, for balance of fiscal year    1,100

The total approximate cost of conducting all the above field work,. exclusive of travelling expenses of the Chief Forester, is thus approximately $7,000. The projects of Messrs. White and Howe were con-ducted only during the summer, approximately four months. Messrs. Whitford and Blumer were not employed until late in the summer.

Dr. Whitford is still on duty, and the above estimate ($2,700) covers a period of approximately seven months. The estimate for Mr. Blumer's work ($1,000) covers approximately four months' work, and it is impossible to continue the project at the present time on account of lack of funds. Both these projects will require to be prosecuted during the whole of the coming year, and longer, unless the benefit of the work already done is to be largely sacrificed. In•addition, provision should be made for one man to work with Dr. Whitford, in order that the report on the entire province of British Columbia may be completed within the next eighteen months. Provision should also be made for a detailed study of forest reproduction under various con-


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