This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We have always contended that the only way to make timber culture a permanent success, was not to keep before the public mere sentimental notions regarding it, or to pick out all the rosy scenes about forestry, and let people get out of difficulties as best they may; but rather to seek ourselves what difficulties there may be, and look for remedies. And among the difficulties we must not lose sight of the chance of forest fires, a difficulty we have often alluded to. This trouble is brought more particularly before us, this season of terrible disasters from forest fires. For a month we have been writing in an atmosphere of dense smoke from forest fires all around within a circle of four or five hundred miles wide. Thousands on thousands of acres have been destroyed by the fire fiend; and amongst these, forests belonging to some who have been strongly tempted to embark largely in artificial forest culture, but which temptation they will be now most likely to resist. When alluding to the present aspects of the forestry question in a paper for the Penn Monthly, some three years ago, the writer of this pointed out, that some system of forestry-insurance would have to be inaugurated before much capital would be invested in it; and we present this point more strongly now.
Of course Forestry insurance would have to be on a very different basis from any other class of insurance, - and would have to be made on a broad national basis. But it surely can be done, - and if those who are spending so much time on bewailing the fate of forestry some hundred years or so to come, when there shall be no more timber, would give just a little to these practical questions, they would do at least as much service.