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The Mountain Trail
THE liOUNTAIN TR.1IL
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Editor-in-chief ----- L. C. Nix
Associate Editor- - - Elner McDowell
Advertising Manager - - Doris Potts
Assistant Advertising Manager - - -
Circulation Manager-Edith Crunkleton
Society Editor- - - - -Jessie Keener
Humor Editor ------ Eugene Paul
Local News Editors - - Marveta Reese
- - Jessie Potts
Eleventh Grade - - - Manila Reese
Tenth Grade - - - Virginia Edwards
Ninth Grade ----- Victor Smith
Eighth Grade - - - -Fred Littleton
PJaculty Advisor - - - Miss tfhiteside
THIil PRESERVATION OF O'JR FORESTS
"VVhat kind of dive 1 lings v/ill our
future generations live in? Will they
be beautiful dwellings made of wood?
It all depends on us.
For the Ipst four decades our for
ests have been destroyed without limit.
Hundreds of feet of lumber, hundreds of
cords of v/ood go to v;aste each year for
no reason except the usual one -
Four hundred years ago this country
was practically covered with forests.
The first settlers cut only the neces
sary wood. It is "we” who have de
stroyed the forests. We may not feel
the effects of this, but our children
It does not seem possible that at
some future date people who can not
o.fford to buy costly building materials
vrill have to go back to the caves to
dwell. However, if you v;ill stop to
December 25, 1958
thJnk you will see why this is true.
A f3vr forests remain in our Blue Ridge
mountains, a few around the Great Lakes,
and a few on the 'V'est Coast. Too little
is being done to rebuild the forests as
they are cut.
7Hiat causes our rich soil to go to
waste and become unproductive? Eros
ion. THiat causes erosion? The absence
of leaves, plftnt stems, roots, and
other vegetable matter.
Without any doubt, many of the river
floods and sand storms which have tak
en the lives of hundreds of our people
and destroyed millions of dollars worth
of property are due to the lack of
Vfhy do we not have buffaloes, deer,
and other wild animals that once roam
ed our country by the thousand? Partly
because their home was taken from them
when the forests v;ere destroyed. Wild
animals cannot live in open fields.
One man cannot preserve forests,
neither can a few. It can be done only
through the co-operation of all.
L. C, Nix
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