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In addition to this work a study of the utilization of hardwoods in the Adirondacks, looking to a lessened waste of material in the woods with a consequent saving to producers and consumers and a decreased fire danger on cut-over areas, was begun in co-operation with the Department of Forestry at Cornell University. The advice of Professor R. C. Bryant, Manufacturers' Association Professor of Lumbering at Yale University, was secured and on October 1, Assistant Professor B. A. Chandler of Cornell University began the field work. His progress report forms a part of the program of today's meeting.
Owing to inevitable delays in the construction of the Journal Building in Albany, the office of the Association could not be established there on September 1 as originally planned nor even on November 1 as hoped. It will be the middle of December or even the first of January before the building is ready for occupancy. Meanwhile, Finch, Pruyn & Co. at Glens Falls have courteously furnished o.fice quarters which will be used until the Journal Building is ready.
The various other activities of the forester in the past four months will be mentioned in connection with the presentation of the data collected.
II. INVENTORY OF LAND It seemed advisable that the data gathered should correspond as closely as possible with the inventory which the State made of its forest land in 1914 and which was published in the Fourth Annual Report of the Conservation Commission, pages 139 to 179, subsequently reprinted as Bulletin 12 of the Conservation Commission. Accordingly an Inventory of Land Form was prepared covering the following points for each town or township, where convenient:
History of past operations.
Total area. It was originally planned to supplement this with a timber estimate sheet, similar to the one published on p. 147 of the afore
said report, but most of the members objected to furnishing such .nformation even if it were available and the project was dropped for the present.
No objections were encountered to furnishing the data for the inventory of land which, of course, will be treated as confidential. The summary presented below represents practically the entire membership
In summarizing the data on the land owned, separate sheets were made for each Town and the acreage entered for each owner according to the amount of merchantable area, unmerchantable area, vacant land, water surface, and total. There are 57 Towns represented, in 12 different Counties. The data were next summarized by Towns for each County, and, finally by Counties for the entire State. The resulting figures are given in Table I, which correspond to Table I on page 150 of the Conservation Commission Report for 1914.