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protection be established. Even during the past summer, fires burned over not less than 190,000 acres, largely covered with young growth, causing an enormous present and prospective loss. The interest and responsibility of the Provincial Government is great, since it still controls approximately one-third of the area in question. Probably the most practicable arrangement would be for the Provincial Government to take the initiative, the Dominion Government making a cash contribution to cover a portion of the cost of protection, in consideration of its very great interest in the matter. Co-operation on the part of the municipalities and private owners is also suggested in the report. It is believed that this matter is of sufficient importance to justify a conference between representatives of the Dominion and Provincial governments, looking toward the adoption of a definite co-operative plan for the solution of the problem.

It should be understood that the situation in the Trent watershed is not an isolated case, but is merely one example of a situation which exists to an alarming extent in other portions of the Dominion.

 

FOREST STAVE UNDER CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

In accordance with recommendations made at the last annual meeting, representations were made to the Federal and to the several Provincial governments urging the extension of the merit system of appointment for forestry and fire-protection work. So far as the Dominion Government is concerned, this matter is covered in a general way in the report of Sir George Murray, which is now under consideration by the Dominion Government. The elimination of political influence in matters of personnel is believed to be absolutely essential before satisfactory results can be hoped for in fire-protective organization. The extension of the jurisdiction of the Civil Service Commission to the field staff of the Dominion Forestry Branch would go further in increasing the efficiency of the fire-protective work of that organization than perhaps any other step that could be taken. This matter should again be strongly urged upon the Dominion Government.

 

FORESTRY ON DOMINION TIMBER BERTFIS

During the past summer, a study has been made for the Commission of forest conditions on the public domain in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the Railway Belt of British Columbia. In this study, which was conducted by Mr. J. H. White, particular attention was paid to the matter of fire prevention through brush disposal, and to the question of securing a natural reproduction of the forest through control of the methods of cutting. In addition to certain technical


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