Fifty years ago in 1908, the U. S. Forest Service launched its research program in forest management on the Fort Valley Experimental Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona. This was the first scientific venture of its kind in America - - now the oldest.
From the beginning the chief aim of research here has been to work out better ways of managing ponderosa pine in the Southwest. Already, we have learned much. But to keep pace with the advance of science and industry, we need to know more. For example, in 1953 the pulp industry came to Flagstaff, bringing new opportunities for more intensive forest management. In the broader picture, recent forecasts presented in "Timber Resources for America's Future" indicate that the Nation will need all the wood we can grow. To help meet this rising demand, we must intensify our research and improve our management practices.
The historical background of Fort Valley, highlights of the research results, and the current program are presented in this Golden Anniversary publication.