This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A European scientific journal places great stress on the following from a Boston paper :
"Horticulturists generally take the view that tree planting has a tendency to increase the rainfall, while the reverse is the case in sections denuded of trees. The correctness of this position is illustrated from the fact that greater rainfalls have occurred in Utah during the past sea son than had occurred previously since the Mormons have held possession of that territory. During the past ten years large numbers of trees have been planted throughout the farming sections of the territory, and the agriculturists are now beginning to reap the reward of their per severance and foresightedness in this regard. The subject of tree planting is one that has attracted universal attention during the last decade, and its benefits are beginning to be appreciated".
To make the statement complete, it should be added for every tree planted by the settler, they cut away perhaps a thousand of the native trees on their mountains. There is not a thousandth part of the timber to-day in the Utah Territory there was ten years ago. About all the planting done in Utah has been fruit trees, which one would not suppose to have much "forest" influence. Outside of the Locusts and Cottonwoods of Salt Lake City, what other planting has been done in the forestry way?