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We must next observe that a large part of the State of Maine is destined to remain permanently wooded. The bulk of our population is now and will continue to be located in the lower southern part, where milder climate, abundant water power and areas-of fertile soil offer advantages. Again, there is a strip of land with easy topography and very fertile soil along the New Brunswick line in Aroostook County. Out of these areas indeed a large proportion is wooded, and some bodies of land included within them are of such a character that they never will be inhabited or cultivated. For the great district remaining, about half the area of the State, the same thing is true. It is high in the first place, and the season of growth is short. As a rule the topography is rough. and the soil poor. Considerable of it, indeed, is little more than ledges and piled up rocks.
Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies
19th Century, Maine Forestry, Land Management, Boston Society of Civil Engineers
Cary, Austin, "Forest management in Maine" (1899). Books and Publications. 40.