Items of Interest

Gradual purchase of forest lands during a period of five years, and an annual appropriation of fifty thousand dollars to buy land not devoted at present to the growing of timber, are two recommendations made by the special commission created by the last Massachusetts Legislature to investigate the taxation of wild and forest lands.

"It is the opinion of the commissioners," said the report, "that even with the additional incentive offered by a better system of taxation, there will yet remain several hundred thousand acres of wild or waste lands within the state, in large part covered by brush or scrub growth of no commercial value, which private capital will be slow to develop. Such lands not only prevent the development of the potential wealth of the state, but they are in addition a serious fire menace in each community. Nearly a million acres of such land are lying idle in our various towns. It is important that the commonwealth should take the initiative in the solution of this problem by the establishment not only of a fair and encouraging system of taxation, but also by the establishment of a number of state forests of substantial area."

Neither Mystical nor Miraculous
February 7, 1914

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