Demographic and Socioeconomic Research Projects
|Origins of Professional Forestry in Maryland: 1906-1960|
Data and Results Numerous data sources were tapped to support this project. Maryland State Board of Forestry maps and reports for the period 1906 – 1944 were collected from archives across the state, including the Maryland Room at the University of Maryland at College Park, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Hall of Records at the Maryland State Archives; hundreds of glass lantern slides and photographs taken during the first half of the twentieth century were acquired from the Maryland State Archives, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and various private collections. Collectively, these photographs cover a wide range of topics, all of which focus on some aspect of professional forest management. Yale School of Forestry alumni records and archival materials from the Beskey-Rodgers family were also obtained. To date, two peer-reviewed journal articles, one encyclopedia entry, and one book (currently under review) have been produced. With respect to findings, our research shows that State Board of Forestry officials worked closely with influential urban elites to advance their forestry agenda. This is especially true in the area of land acquisition. We also offer an assessment of the impact of various forest management strategies and policies during the first half of the twentieth century and cast light on the tension that surfaced between proponents of national forests on the one hand and advocates state forestry on the other.
“Cradle of Conservation: Professional Forestry Comes to the South.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Denver, CO, April 2005).
Buckley, G. L. In review. Cradle of Conservation: Exploring the Origins of Professional Forestry in Maryland.