National Geographic : 1898 Jul
338 GEOGRAPHIC WORK OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT The Division of Forestry is engaged in the study of sylvicul ture, and in the management, protection, and utilization of our forests. The Division of Agrostology investigates the natural history, geographic distribution, and uses of grasses and other forage plants. The Division of Botany investigates the purity and value of seeds, methods of controlling the spread of weeds or preventing their introduction. It studies the native plant resources of the country. The Division of Entomology studies insects injurious to vege tation, their distribution and spread, and the methods for reduc ing their ravages. The Division of Pomology has to do with the culture of fruits. The publications of this department are of three classes: first, serial publications; second, scientific and technical reports. These two classes are issued in limited editions and are not in tended for general distribution, being particularly designed for libraries, institutions of learning, and scientific students. Third, popular bulletins, which are issued in large editions and are sent free to applicants. Lists of the publications are sent on appli cation. FISH COMMISSION This office was created for the purpose of maintaining and in creasing the supply of food fishes, both upon our shores and in our rivers. As a necessary adjunct to this work, exhaustive studies are being made of the life history of fishes and of their distribution. The publications of the Fish Commission consist of an annual report. BUREAU OF AMERICAN REPUBLICS The function of this Bureau is to obtain and publish com mercial information concerning the American republics. Its publications consist of handbooks of these countries, a monthly bulletin containing the latest information regarding their re sources and commerce, and a commercial directory. INTERCONTINENTAL RAILWAY COMMISSION This Commission was formed for the purpose of examining the best routes for an intercontinental railway to connect the United States with the republics of Central and South America. Its work is completed and reports and maps will shortly be issued.