This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V25", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In consequence of the demand for mahogany of late, it has been feared lest the supplies should fall short; we are assured, however, in a report of the Vice-Consul at Puerto Plato, San Domingo, that the diminution in the exports of mahogany is by no means to be attributed to a scarcity of the wood, for the forests are apparently inexhaustible; but it is to be accounted for through the absence of suitable tonnage for charter in the neighboring colony of St. Thomas throughout the year.
The Census Forestry Report of Virginia and West Virginia will now, we suppose, be made as complete as those of any other of the States. In our May number, page 67, we published extracts from a letter from Prof. C. S. Sargent, Special Forestry Agent of the Census, in which he wrote us that for want of funds he feared he "must defer indefinitely, if not abandon, the proposed investigation" of the forest resources of the Virginias. We not only commented on the injustice that would be done these states by such a treatment, but went in person to Washington and laid this matter first before Senator Davis, of West Virginia (who has a business way of taking hold of all matters that affect the development of the Virginias that always leads to practical results), and then with him before other Senators and Representatives from these States. In consequence, action was taken that secured an appropriation, by means of which a forestry report on the Virginias could be made, and now Prof. S. P. Sharpies, the assistant of Prof. Sargent, is in West Virginia and Virginia gathering the facts for this report; he has already visited the white pine and black spruce region at the head of Greenbrier and Cheat rivers, the great tulip-poplar, black walnut, white oak, etc, country on Cabin creek and Big and Little Coal rivers of the Kanawha, and on Guyandot waters in Kanawha, Boone and Lincoln counties, West Virginia, gathering additional information from parties informed in such matters about the timber resources of all the Great Kanawha basin.
He has also inspected portions of the Blue Ridge and Piedmont regions of Virginia. At this writing, Prof. S. is on the head-waters of the Potomac, along the West Virginia Central & Pittsburg R. R., looking into that finely timbered country.
We anticipate valuable results from these explorations, and hope Prof. Sharpies will be given ample time to work up fully a report of the forest resources of these States. Each of our railway lines should see to it that he has opportunity to visit its tributary forests. - The Virginias.