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Ames Forester

Abstract

The pride and integrity of a tribe depends on a continual renewal of awareness of its historic foundation. Thus it becomes the duty of some ancient shaman to chant the old tales for the wide-eyed wonder of the young lest the legends die. G. B. MacDonald fulfilled this function for all Iowa State foresters in 1954 when the Golden Anniversary of the Forestry Department was celebrated. No one could possibly be better prepared to chronicle past events for Iowa foresters than "Prof Mac" and no one need repeat the materials he left for us in the 1954 Ames Forester. With only an initial excursion into the first fifty years I will bend to the task of continuing the odyssey of Iowa State forestry from 1954 to this Jubilee Year of 1979.

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