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.
IN the November number of the Horticulturist, page 338, Dr. Housley refers to the fact of an abundance of rain in the timbered regions of the Rocky Mountains, while east of there, on the great plains, very little rain falls, and there is no timber; hence the inference that timber is the cause of rain. I would infer that rain is the cause of timber.
I do not think it necessary to go into an argument to support such a theory, but simply state this as being the more rational conclusion. I would advise, and most earnestly advise, the planting of trees for effects which we are certain of, such as wind-breaks, use of timber and wood, ornament, modifying the rigor of the climate, both summer and winter. Statistics of the quantity of rain in the early settlement of our forest country, and after it had become cleared of its forests, would be more conclusive than many suppositions which we often see.
Muscatine, Iowa. Suel Foster.