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About The North Santiam's Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 194?-1949 | View Entire Issue (April 28, 1949)
MILL CITY ENTERPRISE, APRIL 2f 1949
land, for the most part. The forest
yielded material for shelter, fuel,
fencing and the like, The test was
blockade to farming.
There the old trees stood, on rich
earth of river bottoms and benches,
each a sort of giant despair to the
They thereatened to repel
THE GREEN DESERT
Before the white man came to the
Oregon Territory the wilderness tor
rent here was a desert as far as the
value to humanity was concerned.
Then clearings were made on the
shores of the waterways. Even so,
the green timber was as stones on the
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men as cimpletely as the lava beds
east of the mountains—until timber
markets rose from other waterways,
the creeks of California.
Gold brought people by the tens
of thousands to a land without hous
es. Their deman f for lumber sailed
north with the roasting schooners.
Water poweder mills on the Willahi-
ette began to saw like fury. On the
bottoms the giants fell. Now the
lands could be cleared.
And so they were, along the rivers,
around the sound.
The Magic Market.
Such was the magic of the market
from this region. This magic trans- |
formed the green desert’s fringes on
the waterways into land for farms
and towns, and it brought back Cal
ifornia gold in return for the lumber
Men of vision pondered this mira
cle of trade and considered the lum
ber markets of the world, particular
ly of the Orient. Deep water s h i p s |
caused the clearings to increase, year
The California markets
grew until a railroad was trust
north to the green destert of Oregon.
Another line was built to connect the
timber with the lumber murkest of
Market magic! Decade by decade,
it wrought transformations.
Three northern lines were built
through Washington state.
each route forests -which had been dy
ing, growing and decaying in cycles
for 25 thousand years without being
seen by mori than a very few In
dians were at last changed into a
living force for the nation and its
people. This force was fed by market
demand and supplied by the railroads
that the demand brought into be ng.
Markets, not lan grants, were the
real power in building the railloads.
Measuring all these forest markets,
their growth and their promise, men
of energy and foresight who had the
tiust of the people with capital to
invest, then built logging camps
sawmills, banking on the forest
Towns were born from these
erations. Businesses were started,
schools and churches were built. Tim
ber taxes paid the greater share of
Yet—the taxes did not come from
the timber. The money that paid the
taxes came from -markets, markets
We are too prone to say thought
lessly, “This region was built on for
ests,” when th^Kforested mountains
alone were no more able to support
people than thP sagebrush hills. It
was world-wide lumber markets that
made this region what it is today.
The Modern Lesson
| The historical facts on what it is
that makes a forest live, work and
serve are taken as a matter of course
by the forest industries. They are not
as a rule given their due ere lit and
proper place by foresters. In all the
forestry publications that I know,
markets receive meager attention,
and this always at the tag end.
This is, by the facts of the matter,
putting the cart before the horse. It
is, in farm forestry, as backaxl as
backward can be.
The arly pioneers enjoyed a de
mand for timber that came to them
begging. The farm forest owner of
our time may never enjoy such a
utopian condition. He must go forth
and find his markets and then do a
selling job. Not until the search is
completed and the job done can he
effectively plan and practice forest
ry on tl^ farm.
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