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Eucalyptus helped solve a timber problem: 1853-1880Author(s): Gayle M. Groenendaal
Source: In: Standiford, Richard B; Ledig, F Thomas, technical coordinators. Proceedings of a work-shop on Eucalyptus in California, June 14-16, 1983, Sacramento, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW 69. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 1-8
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionCalifornia was settled in an era before the full impact of the industrial revolution that was taking place in Great Britain was fully realized, a revolution that was to change the course of western culture more drastically than any previous time in history. Friedrich Engels wrote in 1845 of the industrial revolution as "a revolution which at the same time changed the whole of civil society, and the significance of which for the history of the world is only now beginning to be understood" (Tucker 1972). Society of today tends to forget the needs of the historic peoples before machinery, electricity and advanced technology changed the standards of living. It is only by reading the newspapers, including the advertisements, journals, and books of the previous era do we begin to understand the daily lives and needs of these people. It is through such research that the author has tried to piece together the eucalyptus story in California. In the following article, the impending timber crisis is described, laying the framework for the wholesale planting of eucalyptus in California. Why eucalyptus were chosen will be dealt with in the second part of the article including some of the history of the introduction of the genus to the state.
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CitationGroenendaal, Gayle M. 1983. Eucalyptus helped solve a timber problem: 1853-1880. In: Standiford, Richard B; Ledig, F Thomas, technical coordinators. Proceedings of a work-shop on Eucalyptus in California, June 14-16, 1983, Sacramento, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW 69. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 1-8
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