Speaking of a recent Government Report, the Washington Star says:

The other side of the subject - the accidental damage wrought by the roads, as opposed to the deliberate havoc - is touched upon by Dr. N. H. Egleston in a paper on forest fires caused by sparks from locomotives. In this the startling conclusion is reached, from statistics gathered in the single year, 1880, when the railway system of the country was considerably smaller than now, that growing timber of the aggregate value of more than three millions of dollars was destroyed by fires kindled presumptively by locomotives. This was nearly thirteen per cent, of all the damage from forest fires occurring in that year. Such figures as these emphasize with unusual force the demand, believed to be answered in the bill urged by the American Forestry Congress, for a strict official supervision of the woodlands of the West, where the population is sparse and the timber acreage vast, and a large proportion of the property lacks the benefit of that care which the forests of the East generally receive from private ownership".

Supposing the trees were preserved from fire, what is to preserve them from the many other sources of natural decay that are always in operation? An American forest commences to decay in less than 200 years. The Forestry Congress would do better to introduce a bill to plant new forests and let the old stagers go.