The Rural Press tells us that so far as the tree question is concerned, there is no cause for alarm; the State is gaining more trees every year than it loses. The destruction of old trees is rapid in Mendocino, Humboldt, Santa Cruz, Western Sonoma, and the shores of Lake Tahoe, but the young trees are growing up, and the forests are in no danger of decreasing in area, unless in Santa Cruz, and we believe not there; while in the valleys the planting of fruit, timber, and ornamental trees is making gratifying progress. The irrigation ditches and reclamation dykes are extending every year, and trees will go with them; and we expect that in fifty years the economy of water will have made such advances that the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Salinas valleys will be as thickly settled with dwellings embowered among trees as are Napa, Sonoma, and Petaluma now, and the changes made for the better there within the last quarter of a century are little short of the marvelous.