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cord wood size and leaving the tops and slash piled on bent over sprout growths. This procedure will create excellent rabbit and grouse habitat. If it is desirable to make plant- ings, white cedar might well be used. Silvics as exemplified by the several types of cuttings help the forest and give sprouts for food and slash for cover. A proper distribution of these cuttings is equally important and should be in accord with the crop tree age class, thereby supplying a diversification of browse and cover. In making cleanings, only those trees which have done or are about to do mechanial injury to the surrounding stand should be removed, even though some of those left are considered to be of an inferior species (such as gray birch, aspen, or red maple). VThere trees have blown down, they should be allowed to remain if possible, as the upturned roots, with soil attached, sup)ly winter grit, and the trunks form run and escape ways, drunmiing logs, and nesting sites. Hollow trees should be allowed to stay mas long as they are not a source of injury to the surrounding forost, for they provide dens, hives, and nests. In making liberation cuttings by the three prevailing methods - low, crown, or selection, the operations should be carried out so that the forest will be opened as much as is consistent with good forestry practice. Where the two latter methods are used, scattered clumps of non-crop-producing seecdings or sprouts should be allowed to remain. By bending them over and piling slash on top, open- ings are thus formed undGrneath, which create escape and shelter cover for birds and small animals, and, as the vege- tation decays, the soil becomes enriched. All softwood slash should be burned in scattered piles as the ashes and charcoal sweeten the ground and are used by the birds. Slash should be re .ovod frog brooks and springs, as the decaying vegetation soiotiotes poisons the waters and unduly impedeJs its passage, or it Yay, if present in quantity, retard the flow of water to a degree causing the brook to back up and overflow an adjacent meadow. This illay be harmful by causing the water te..perature to rise to a de- gree unsuitable to the fish life present, and will undbubtedly lessen the supply of oxygen in the water, along with changing the character of the vegetation where flooded. Areas in the state forests which are inaccess- ible due to topographical or other hinderances should be set aside as natural or primitive areas. No forestry or other operation should be perx.itted here, with the possible excep- tion of pest control work and then only when it is seen to be endangering the adjoining forest. Nature alone should hold full sway. These tracts should be used only for observa- tion and study. A record of growth, natural pruning, soil conditions, disease and insect damage, mechanical injury, under-story, and all other factors connected with forest eco- logy should be made in ten year periods. Many of our citizens would take pleasure in viewing a natural progression and such areas would fulfill their desires. Its study as wild life