method, owing to the shelter given to the young seedlings. As far as Dominion forests are concerned, with the exception of certain portions of the railway belt, lopping would be of very doubtful value, since decay takes places very slowly, owing to the dry climate. A financial compromise is often made by broadcast burning of fire lines around the sides most likely to be reached by fire, and lopping in the interior.
The cost of brush disposal varies widely with difference in forest type and locality, as does every other part of a lumbering operation. It can be seen that the outlay depends upon the species lumbered, the method of disposal, the climatic and topographic conditions, the style of lumbering, the quality of labour, and the skill and experience in the work. It is therefore impossible to give average figures of cost, but the following actual figures (mostly secured through the courtesy of the United States forest service) will give some indication of the expense to be expected. They include the range, as also the highest cost data to hand.
ACTUAL COSTS OF BRUSH DISPOSAL *