SECOND BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF FORESTRY, FOR THE YEARS 1887-88, TO GOVERNOR R. W. WATERMAN. MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FIVE OF AN ACT "TO CREATE A STATE BOARD OF FORESTRY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENSES THEREOF," APPROVED MARCH 3, 1885. Sacramento: State Office, J. D. Young, Supt. State Printer, 1888. 22.8x14.9 cm (octavo), pp. [1-5] 6-182 [183-184: blank], 25 inserted plates with Artotype illustrations by Britton & Rey from photographs by J. G. Lemmon, original blue wrappers printed in black, side stapled. First edition. The creation of the California State Board of Forestry in 1885 and the appointment of special agents "with all the powers of peace officers" in 1887 led to a great reduction of illegal acts by the timber industry and the sheepherders -- unauthorized cutting on federal and state lands and setting fires to improve grazing which resulted in erosion and deforestation. The report recommends conservation of government forest lands to protect the state's watersheds and planting trees. Includes "Report of the Botanist of the California State Board of Forestry, J. G. Lemmon," pp. -140, largely comprising a pioneer study of the "Pines of the Pacific Slope, Particularly those of California," by John Gill Lemmon (1831 or 1832-1908), "the botanist of the West." The data in this paper formed part of Lemmon's HANDBOOK OF WEST AMERICAN CONE-BEARERS (1900). Probably a contributor's copy with clippings about Sara Lemmon (J. G.'s wife and collaborator) pasted on the verso of the title leaf. Wrappers chipped at edges, 40 mm closed tear in rear wrapper, a good copy. (#165965).
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