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Met* Pheasan~t Xlchsetts e ' txwtat from letter from Willim Yegt, National Association of Audbon Societies, Octoer 13, 19, "I have just had a letter from Dr. Frank T. , 2 Chetmt St.. Wakefield, Mass., who for sixt years has ýante4 an been very familiar with ertain arms in the Northeast. He writes me a ve% intelligent letter oomnentin oA the apent 'ora' of Pheasants and qail, as well as of Grouse, altho he has aparently read nothing about th. He eal 'Last LaboDa y, 1937, 1 flushed 23 Pheasant In our back field where theq had lived all mnmer. When the huntina season opened, but one was to be found and as far as I knw he survived and none of the others were found. AM this spring, for the first time in fifteen or mere years, not one has been heard, and y doeg finds no trace of them.' I pass this iufortioea on to you with the thought that you ight like to write him.. (Origiml letter from Vogt filed in Cuce folder.)
POLICY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE FORESTS IN RELATIOU TO WIL)D LIFE All forestry projects should be developed in a way that will recognize and encourage wild life as a secon- dary crop. These crops must be managed in complete harmony and coordinatec through a long term program based on a clear understanding of the needs of each. To neglect wild life is a failure to use the land to capacity. Suitable areas have been set aside from time to time dedicated to a particular use and upon which development is intensified to produce the crop desired. These plots are valuable as experimental projects and should be the subject of much research and study, and the knowledge gleaned from each should be combined into a well-knit plan to be followed in the rest of the forest. Fire prevention is of first importance and graveling, brushing out roads and fire lanes, the construc- tion of water holes, and patrol during the dry months must never be neglected. The openings in the forest created by the construction of fire trails, and the work done in the process of construction is of great value to wild life. Brush piles should not be left in these lanes except in open- ings where there is no other cover. Light and sun benefit the forest and are neces- sary to maintain wild life, so we should plan our work with these facts in mind. By avoiding solid plantations we benefit the forest and encourage wild life. To improve and hasten to maturity our timber crop and to assure a sustained yield of wild life, plantings should be made in blocks, giving each plantation an opportunity to g;et a good start before planting the next. This practice will sweeten and improve the soil and prepare it for planting, thereby i-1proving the quality and growth of the crop trees as well as furnishing a habitat for wild life. Hardwoods are desirable from a forestry view- point as well as being a distinct asset to wild life and a mixed composition should, therefore, be encouraged and main- tained as such. Black locust or other nitrogen fixing trees, mountain ash and Washington thorn should be planted adjacent to conifers for, by so doing, food and protection are furnished to our wild creatures. Wherever possible, the brush patches should be preserved as they are used by all species of wild animals and birds. Our insectivorous birds nest and feed here, so by saving them we help the forest. Brush patches are a valuable ecological factor too important to be destroyed. Brush swamps should be left as natural as possi- ble, thereby forming a break in the surrounding forest with the resulting increase in border strips. Tree swamps, is de- veloped, should be treated by cutting out the soft maple of