Ames Forester


WHEN I was invited to write a short article on multiple use forestry in Switzerland, I was at first somewhat bewildered. The term multiple use forestry, as applied to the general policy of the administration of our National Forests, is not found in its equivalent, in any of the four official languages of Switzerland; German, French, Italian, or Romansh. This does not mean, however, that the principal of multiple use forestry is not recognized in Switzerland. On the contrary, multiple use of the forests rests on customs which date back to prehistoric times and is therefore much older than the concepts of forestry as restricted to wood production alone. It is, indeed, the recognition of the many benefits other than wood, derived from the forest, which have had a decisive influence on the formulation of forestry legislation and the development of Swiss forestry practices.



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