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"Burly Log Drivers Up River Start Biggest Drive Ever Seen"

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The pace of logging in New England reached a peak in around 1910. This article is already aware of the consequences of the frenzy, as it notes that "the once-great forests of New England are now little more than a memory." The changes in the logs taken from 1887 to 1937 were dramatic. For example, the history of the cutting of the Dartmouth College Tract in northern New Hampshire is typical. The first cut, made 1887, was for logs not less than 56 feet long; then spruce, fir and pine more than fourteen inches in diameter. The next cut several years later was for any tree more than nine inches in diameter with four-foot lengths were taken for pulpwood. Then all old-growth maple and birch trees with stumps more than twelve inches wide were taken for furniture making. Finally, in the last cut in the late 1920s, all trees with more than eight inches diameter were taken for pulpwood. At that point, the forests were left alone. Many have regenerated, some have been placed into various federal or state protection, and some have been logged again.


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