R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J.M.2.mit timber-cutting. It would be better for the State of New-York to pay $25 to keep every tree than to get $150 for each tree cut.I have just made a formal suggestion to the Sierra Club that it take up a campaign for the recession of the Yosemite by the next Legislature. Of course a good deal of work would have to be done now, and it seems to me the Sierra Club ought to do it. They have already tested the feeling of the State in the direction of forest preservation and those of us who are most strenuously urging recession are the very people who have in the main been responsible for the forest reservation policy which is now recognized to be a great boon to California. I am sure that if three or four of you were to sign an appeal to the people in this matter, you could get signatures all over the State from influential men, and could make a strong impression upon the newspapers, and thus organize public opinion for recession. It is enough that at its best the State control has not proved a success, but has been a bone of contention; whereas the Yellowstone has been admirably managed by Government supervision.I am now wondering whether we cannot get a start made in Washington in favor of transferring all these forest reservations to the War Department, and at the same time of establishing a chair of forestry at West Point in accordance with Prof. Sargent's suggestion. If I were in Congress I should01812
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