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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE ON FORESTS   97

forestry, which is a well-developed science and profession in itself, even entirely aside from fire protection. The Dominion Forestry Branch, the British Columbia Forest Branch, and the Quebec Forest Service all have quite extensive organizations, and have done excellent work, while the Ontario Government is, doing less and has only the nucleus of a forestry organization. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have no forestry organizations at all. Past efforts have in all cases been directed primarily at protection and general administration, with very little attention to the carrying on of scientific investigations calculated to develop a permanent basis for Canadian forestry practice.

The Dominion Forestry Branch is now considering the extension of its organization to include a section of forest investigations, to be charged with the special conduct of fundamental scientific studies, the results of which shall, in the long run, guide the work of administration. This is a very necessary and exceedingly commendable project, and the Commission should urge its adoption, with adequate provision for making it effective.

 

RESOLUTIONS OF COMMITTEE ON FORESTS, 1914

  1. The inventory of forest resources of British Columbia, now well under way, should be continued until completed. The similar work in Saskatchewan, now discontinued for lack of funds, should be resumed at the first opportunity. Similar studies should be commenced in other provinces as rapidly as funds will permit.

  2. In connection with the investigation of forest resources of British Columbia, the Commission should recognize the exceedingly valuable co-operation afforded by the British Columbia Forest Branch, the Canadian Pacific railway, the Dominion Forestry Branch, and also of the large number of limit-holders and other individuals who have supplied detailed information. As to the work in Saskatchewan, the same acknowledgment should be made to the Dominion Forestry Branch and a large number of limit-holders and other individuals.

  3. The Board of Railway Commissioners should be congratulated upon the beneficial results arising from its efforts toward better fire protection along railway lines.

  4. The governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick should be urged to make early provision for the appointment of provincial foresters.

  5. Further representations should be made to the Dominion Government concerning fire protection along the Government railways. Attention is particularly needed along the International railway of

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