This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We have always maintained that the newspaper dread of a timber famine comes from ignorance of American forest trees, and from a study only of English forest literature. In that country trees grow slowly; in our country they grow rapidly. As soon as there is the slightest chance of a scarcity here, and that there is a profit in its growth, forests will be planted, and we can soon get all we want. The Florida Dispatch tells us that in good Southern pine lands so great is the growth of Pinus palustris, that in twenty-five years it is large enough to cut for timber. Instead of legislation to preserve old rotten forests, it will be to the profit of the nation to encourage the clearing as rapidly as possible, so that new planting may take their place.