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RELATION OF FORESTRY
TO THE CONTROL OF FLOODS IN THE

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY

MESSAGE FROM THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE SECRETARY OF
AGRICULTURE SUBMITTING REPORTS WITH
REFERENCE TO THE RELATION OF FORESTRY
TO THE CONTROL OF FLOODS IN THE

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY

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FEBRUARY 11, 1929.-Referred to the Committee on Flood Control

and ordered to be printed, with illustrations

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1929

Forestry

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9-22-1929

MESSAGE

To the Congress of the United States :

I am transmitting herewith for the information of the Congress communications from the Secretary of Agriculture, dated June 4, 1928, and February 9, 1929, submitting reports with reference to the relation of forestry to the control of floods in the Mississippi Valley. These reports have been prepared in compliance with the provision contained in section 10 of the act of Congress approved May 15, 1928, for the control of floods on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and for other purposes.

CALVIN COOLIDGE. THE WHITE HOUSE,

February 11, 1929.

LETTERS OF TRANSMITTAL

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, June 4, 1928. DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: In compliance with the terms of your letter of June 1, I have the honor to submit herewith an initial report by Associate Forester E. A. Sherman with reference to the relation of forestry to the control of floods in the Mississippi Valley. Some mimeographed copies of this report have been distributed but, in view of the importance of the subject matter in relation to the general problem of flood control on the Mississippi River, it is believed that the publication and more general distribution of the report would be in conformity with the provision of the act of May 15, 1928.

In compliance with your letter this department will at once proceed to make such additional studies and to collect such additional data with reference to the relation of proper forestry practice to flood control as prove to be practicable with the present appropriations and personnel of the department and will submit the results of such studies as soon as they take definite form. Sincerely yours,

W. M. JARDINE, Secretary. The PRESIDENT,

The White House.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., February 9, 1929. DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: Under date of June 4, 1928, certain information with reference to the relation of forests to the control of floods in the Mississippi Valley was transmitted to you. As this material covered only in part the data called for under the last provision of section 10 of the act for the control of floods on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and for other purposes, approved May 15, 1928, the promise was made that this department would at once proceed to make such additional studies and to collect such additional data with respect to the relation of forests to flood control as were practicable. This has been done and I have the honor to submit herewith a further report upon this subject, prepared under the direction of Associate Forester E. A. Sherman. This report indicates the need of still further detailed study not possible with present personnel and funds.

However, the added study of the problem has brought to light some startling facts worthy of your closest attention for they show that the forests of the Mississippi watershed were responsible for a

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