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Maryland Manual, 1934
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The terms of those first appointed are until the first Monday in
May, 1924, and thereafter for two years from the first Monday in May.
Ch. 29, 1922.
The Department of Forestry was created and organized to protect
and develop the valuable timber and tree products of the State, and to
carry on a campaign of education and to instruct counties, towns, cor-
porations and individuals as to the advantages and necessity of protect-
ing from fire and other enemies of the timber lands of the State. While
the power of the Forestry Department reats with the Regents of the Uni-
versity, acting through the Advisory Board, the detail work is in the
hands and under the management of the State Forester, who is secretary
of the Board, and all correspondence and inquiries should be addressed
to him at 1411 Fidelity Building, Baltimore.

Scientific Staff:
F. W. Besley, State ForesterBaltimore
Karl E. Pfeiffcr, Assistant State Forester Baltimore
Walter J. Quick, Jr., Assistant Forester Baltimore
Kenneth J. Seigworth, Assistant Forester College Park
H. C. Buckingham, District Forester Cumberland
C. F. Winslow, District Forester Laurel
Nelson H. Fritz, District Forester Salisbury

The State Forester has studied the timber interests of each of the
twenty-three counties in detail and the statistics and information col-
lected are published for free distribution, accompanied by a valuable
timber map to all who may apply. He will co-operate with counties,
towns, corporations and individuals, in preparing plans for the protec-
tion, management and replacement of trees, woodlots and timber tracts
under an agreement that the party obtaining such assistance pay at
least the field expenses of the men employed. An important work of
the Forester is to encourage methods of preventing and extinguishing
forest fires which annually destroy thousands of dollars worth of young
timber. For this purpose a forest protection system has been established.
The state is divided into three districts, each in charge of a District
Forester, assisted by seven part-time District Forest Wardens and 650
Forest Wardens. There is also a system of 24 lookout towers for detect-
ing forest fires and 20 forest guards to respond promptly to fire calls.
The laws against setting out fires are very strict. The State and
County divide the expense of extinguishing fires.
The Department also administers eight state ferests and three state
parks, comprising about 50,000 acres in nine different counties. The
main purpose of the forests is for timber growing end watershed protec-
tion, but they also serve along with the state parks as a recreation
ground for the people of the State, being visited every year by thousands
for camping and other forms of recreation.
The Roadside Tree Law directs the Department of Forestry to care for
those trees growing within the right-of-way of any public highway in the
State, and no tree can be cut or trimmed by a corporation or individual
without a permit from the Forestry Department, after application has
been made to the State Forester. The Forestry Department cooperates
with the State Roads Commission in tree planting along state highways.
A State Forest Nursery, established in 1914, furnishes trees at cost
for forest planting and for planting along roadsides.

Name Postoffice
Edward B. Mathews, Director Baltimore
John R. Weeks, Meteorologist, U. S. Custom House ..Baltimore

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