This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We in the States often think that we shall have to look to Canada when our own supplies of timber are gone, but it would appear by the following from the Canadian Farmer's Advocate that they fear getting behind us:
"What are our Canadian railway companies doing in the way of planting? The United States railways are enhancing the value of their property by planting along the lines. The B. & N. Railway in Nebraska has 186 acres planted - 460,000 trees, and other railways in like proportion. This is done in the West not only as a means of inducing emigration by demonstrating the feasibility of timber-growing in a few years, but also as a protection from drifting snows along their tracks. On railway timber planting the Nebraska Farmer says :
' One of the great mistakes, as heretofore stated by us, is with the planting for windbreaks. The trees are usually planted in straight lines, often only a single row, seldom more than two or three, and almost always too near the track. The trees should be planted at such a distance that the drift, in lodging to leeward, will fall short of the track. They should also be planted rather open than close, and be of sufficient breadth that the drifts may lodge within them, or partially so. In fact, the breadth of the planting should correspond to the average depth of the snow-fall and the nature of the drifts to be contended against. Of course in certain localities nothing less than a forest would suffice, yet these are only isolated instances, as where tracks have to be walled in to prevent snowslides. It is to be hoped that a new impetus will be given to tree-planting for protection this and succeeding summers, especially by railway companies.'"