National Geographic : 1956 Sep
324 Wilderness Riders Follow Danaher Creek in Flathead National Forest, Montana have a long way to go," he explained to me. "It's true the national forests are steadily improving, and that a lot of private forest owners are doing an excellent job of managing their timberlands. "But our population is growing steadily, and this Nation will be making ever-increasing demands on its forests-for wood to supply expanding industries and greater consumer demand, for usable supplies of water, for rec reation, and the help toward physical and spiritual health that people can get from the forests. "If we are to meet these growing demands, we'll have to make our forests more produc tive than they are now, and then keep them that way. We must make them yield their full potential, nothing less. That is the goal." * From what I saw of the Forest Service, the work is in good hands. If the Service con tinues to get the support it needs when the going is rough, then never again should there be a generation of Americans in danger of forgetting the wind song in the trees. * Further information about the national forests may be obtained from the Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington 25, D. C.