This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
OUR farmers both East and West must soon awake to a realizing sense of an impending necessity. From 1860 to 1870, over 10,000,000 acres of wood land were cut down, and not one acre is found to replace them with bearing wood. Our best timber fields are fast disappearing, and those that remain far away in the remotest recesses of the Rocky Mountains, or in Oregon, will be too far off for economical and profitable transportation. Where shall we obtain our supplies? How much will we have to answer for, when with a stripped country, the cold winds sweep down from the North, with unrestrained and boisterous fury, and destroy with their sudden changes our fruit and ornamental trees, and imperil our crops, while one extreme will soon follow another, and unparalleled drouth cut off all encouragement for agricultural effort ?
We mint plant timber lands, both for shelter and for climatic preservation, as well as for future need and profit. Begin tunc. Every season lost is but increasing the danger of delay. We believe that if one-fifth of all land in cultivable farms throughout the United States, were to-day to be planted in timber, the remaining portions of each farm would be so much better tilled as to yield fully as good crops as the whole farms did previously, while in the ameliorations of climate, a vast good would be accomplished. We cannot too strongly urge this subject upon all cultivators both East and West, and hence throw in the influence of our Journal to help forward so noble a movement.