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Accession Number: 77-1008


Bernhard E. Fernow letter. -- Photocopied [ca. 1977]. -- 1 item (23 p.).

Biography / History

Bernhard Edouard Fernow was born on January 7, 1852, in Posen, Prussia. He was educated at the University of Kronigsberg, and served in the Prussian army during the Franco-Prussian War. He emigrated to the United States in 1876; and from 1886 to 1898 he was Chief of the Division of Forestry in the United States Department of Agriculture. From 1898 to 1903 he was Director of the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell University. In 1907 he became Dean of the Faculty of Forestry in the University of Toronto, and this position he retained until his retirement in 1919. He died at Toronto on February 6, 1923. In addition to many technical contributions to scientific periodicals, he was the author of "Economics of Forestry" 1902, "A Brief History of Forestry" 1907, and "The Care of Trees in the Lawn, Park, and Street 1910." He was an LL.D. of the University of Wisconsin and of Queen's University, Kingston. (Taken from: "The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, fourth edition." Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1974.)

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This item is a photocopy of a typescript of a letter from J.B. McWilliams to Dean B.E. Fernow at the University of Toronto giving a very detailed account of timber licences in the Trent Valley (first licences, abandoned or cancelled licences) and of the amount of lumber taken out in 1872-3 as opposed to 1912. His concerns were conservation and failing that, reforestation of the area. He also describes the Trent system of forest conservation. The letter is dated December 16, 1912.


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