This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We read in a Western paper that "The American Association for the Advancement of Science" recognizing the importance of this movement, "appointed a committee at their last meeting in Boston to memorialize Congress and the State Legislatures regarding the cultivation of timber, to recommend a law protecting trees planted along highways, and encouraging such plantations by exempting them from highway taxes. Also by appropriating money to Agricultural and Horticultural societies to be applied as premiums for tree planting."
This is true. It is also true that the writer of this, who is a member of the Association, objected to the report when it was introduced that such an indiscriminate recommendation was not worthy of the Association, - that there were numberless cases where roadside trees would be an injury to good roads, which were as important to local prosperity as forest trees; that there were thousands of locations now where trees were a drug, and to relieve from taxes people who planted a half dozen where millions already existed, was a waste and trifling with the public money. The speaker was cut off by the President Morgan, who ruled that the question before the body was on "the acceptance of the report as a whole," and that discus sion on its parts was not in order. The writer of this then prepared to move its reference back to the Committee, when a distinguished botanist and member of the Committee begged him to let it drop, "as," said he, "we have been seven years with this subject before us, and we cannot do any better. If the recommendation is not practical, it cannot certainly do much harm.
For my part I want to get rid of any further consideration of the subject."
It seems only right to the great body of the members of this Association, that it should be understood, that this report was only adopted under the ruling of the President, and out of compliment to the members of its Committee, and not by any means that it was the unanimous sentiment of that body.
The "memorial to Congress and State Legislatures" to aid the great national question of Forestry by premiums on a few street trees, strikes us as another illustration of the mountain in labor which brought forth a mouse. If the question had been the adornment of villages, or the hygeinic condition of towns and cities, it would have been in place; but in a great national question of forestry, it seemed scarcely worth "a memorial to Congress."