National Geographic : 1894 Jun 22
148 B. E. Fernow-The Battle of the Forest. The battle of the forest in this country is now fought by man, the unintelligent and greedy carrying on a war of extermination, without the knowledge that their victory may lead eventually to their own destitution; the intelligent and provident trying to defend the forest cover and endeavoring to prevent its removal from such lands as cannot serve a better purpose, and to restrict the use of the balance to such rational harvest of its material, without injurious effects on soil and water conditions, as will insure an ever reproducing crop and a permanent national re source. While man may study the geography of the earth as it exists, here is about the only opportunity for him to make geography, to shape the surface conditions of the earth, and even to some extent influence its climatic conditions.
1894 May 23