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Speaker for the Trees

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John Simcox Holmes was the first forester in North Carolina, and for a long time, the only forester in the state. By conducting interviews and surveys all along the state, Holmes was able to take charge in 1915 and slow the destruction of the forests. His long list of successes includes establishing a fire warden budget, protecting Mount Mitchell as a state park, establishing nurseries to grow replacement trees for deforested areas, and writing “Common Forest Trees of North Carolina, How to Know Them”, which is still in use today.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 85 Issue 5, October 2017, p144-150, il, por