The Value of Tree Planting.
The Conservator of South Australian Forests (Mr J. E. Brown) has issued tbe ‘Annual Catalogue ef Trees for Free Distribution ’ for the season 1889-90. The number of plants raised at tho respective nurseries are in all 790,941. Last season over 929 applications were received for trees; and to these 225,379 plants were given. It is computed that there are now some 1,000,000 trees alive of those given away by the department during the last five years. Mr Brown remarks: —“ It is perhaps almost unnecessary for me to state that the general planting of trees by farmers and all other landlords is of inestimable value to South Australia. There is no country in the world where tree planting upon an extensive scale is more needed than here. Compared with most other countries, and especially so with regard to the sister colonies, wo live in an almost treeless laud, and it behoves us to bestir ourselves and remedy this natural defect. It is not enough that large numbers of trees are planted out upon oar forest reserves; such operations are too localised to effect any general climatic good, We must have trees in clumps, belts, rows, and masses all over the country, they must be in every garden and in every field ; every landlord, whether he ba a squatter, farmer, or small holder, must make up his mind to plant trees upon his property, if, as a community, we desire to secure tho permanent prosperity of this the land of onr adoption. It matters not what soma sceptics may say to the contrary, it has now been fully and effectually demonstrated beyond a doubt that trees are Nature’s gram! regulators of the physical economy of the globe, and hence that through them the rainfall and climate of a country are affected for good or evil, according to the amount of arboreal verdure which it possesses. Such, indeed, is tho importance of forests that if it were possible to annihilate at once all the forests that now exist the earth would no longer be a habitable globe. South Australia has a magnificent soil, and by adopting a system of planting over her whole area she might be made the finest country in the world. Such being the case, then, I would earnestly impress upon all land owners in this colony to practically recognise the fact by planting trees upon their land. Every individual of this community should plant trees—the more the better—but even the planting of a single tree is better than not planting at all. In these remarks I have not referred in any way to the aspect of the question as regards the utility of the tree planting. This, however, is quite as Important as the other. As matters are at present in some parts of tho colony it is one attended with considerable hardship, loss of time and money, and many other disadvantages for farmers to provide themselves with firewood, much leas fencing. Long distances have to be travelled with drays for such materials, Looked at then from this side of the question, I think farmers should at once proceed to form plantations in order that they may be independent of outside supplies.”
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The Value of Tree Planting., Evening Star, Issue 7978, 6 August 1889
The Value of Tree Planting. Evening Star, Issue 7978, 6 August 1889
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