Leonard Lyell


John Muir


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[4]will promote the upward growth of the Redwood plant. This was the only case I have heard of of any artificial means taken to promote the growth of this tree. Though the old forest seems destined to perish I daresay under good sylvicultural methods it may be continued as an economic timber [tree?] & be of great value. Before this comes I hope the government will secure for preservation some good sections of this most splendid tree - quite irreplaceable in its peculiar beauty & dignity. From what I know of the rapid growth of S. sempervirens in Ireland I think it would respond to a much heavier rain fall & provided the young wood was ripened in the summer a modest amount of frost would not kill it —[letterhead]5.I have pleasure in noticing a much greater disposition among the lumber men to adopt steps & preserve some of the best trees for the enhancement of the ultimate selling value of this land as a residential district & for scenic purposes. I daresay this is good policy - Further, I find some of them willing to take more active steps to stop the desolation of the country through fires. Public opinion is acting on these usefully. Still if the big lumber has to be got out I don't see how it can be practically extracted without a great deal of burning of slashing of Underwood. If the burning were done more systematically & thoroughly so that the land might be very soon restored to greenery by the growth of new seedlings & no black stumps were left I think much less objection would be taken to their methods — This forestry problem is immensely interesting to me.After seeing the Sequoia park, if practicable I shall go north04769


San Francisco

Date Original

1910 May 29


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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