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LUCIEN AUGUSTUS WAIT, A.B., Professor of Mathematics. GEORGE WILLIAM JONES, A.M., Professor of Mathematics. WILLIAM ALBERT FINCH, A.M., Professor of Law. GEORGE FRANCIS ATKINSON, Ph.B., Professor of Botany, with special reference to Comparative Morphology and Mycology. RALPH STOCKMAN TARR, B.S., Professor of Dynamic Geology and Physical Geography.
EDWIN HAMLIN WOODRUFF, LL.B., Professor of Law.
WALTER FRANCIS WILLCOX, LL.B., Ph.D., Professor of Social Science and Statistics.
JAMES MCMAHON, A.M., Assistant Professor of Mathematics. WILLIAM RIDGELY ORNDORFF, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry.
JOSEPH ELLIS TREVOR, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.
WILLARD WINFIELD ROWLEE, B.L., D.Sc., Assistant Professor of Botany, with special reference to Histology and Systematic Botany.
CHARLES HENRY HULL, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Economy.
GILBERT DENNISON HARRIS, Ph.B., Assistant Professor of Palæontology and Stratigraphic Geology.
ADAM CAPEN GILL, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mineralogy and Petrography.
FREDERIC JOHN ROGERS, M.S., Instructor in Physics.
BERT BRENETTE STROUD, D.Sc., Instructor in Physiology, Vertebrate Zoology and Neurology.
JOHN THOMAS PARSON, Instructor in Civil Engineering.
The New York State College of Forestry was established by an Act of the State Legislature in April, 1898, which act authorizes the trustees of Cornell University "to create and establish a department in said University to be known as, and called, the New York State College of Forestry, for the purpose of education and instruction in the principles and practices of scientific forestry." (Laws of New
York, 1898.) In the same act provisions were also made to establish a demonstration forest of not more than 30,000 acres in the Adirondacks, to be purchased out of the funds set aside for the Forest Preserve Board, and to become the property of Cornell University for the term of thirty years, and to be used as the " College Forest," for demonstrations of practical forestry. By the same act the Commission of Fisheries, Game and Forests is ordered to furnish the necessary guards, and to protect the property.
While a State institution, the College is administered by the Trustees of Cornell University, and its students profit by courses of study in the University classes and laboratories and by the University library, the same as other students.
OBJECT OF THE INSTITUTION.
The New York State College of Forestry is to furnish instruction in the principles and practice of forestry and provide the facilities for the education especially of managers of forest properties.
Forestry is a business which attempts to produce revenue from the systematic use of the soil for woodcrops, and the College of Forestry will primarily have in view the education of business managers, with the technical knowledge needful to carry on practical forest manage
The State of New York having recognized the necessity of a rational forest policy, has acquired a large forest property in the Adirondacks -an area unsuitable for agricultural use, hence capable only of producing woodcrops, and at the same time the most important watershed of the State, which requires the protection afforded by a persistent forest cover.
While the College will naturally keep these interests of the State in view in the education of its future forest managers and in the conduct of the school-forest, the needs of all students of forestry will find due attention. The Federal Government has entered upon a similar policy as the State of New York by creating forest reservations in the Western Mountains and several of the sister states have moved or intend to move in the same direction, which will call for technical advisers and managers. Furthermore, owners of large areas of timberland, manufacturers of lumber, of wood pulp, and others, are beginning to recognize that application of knowledge and skill in the management of their property-forestry-may prove profitable. Keeping in view these requirements it will be the aim of the College of Forestry to furnish all the needful theoretical instruction which a thoroughly
equipped forest manager should have and as much practical demonstration as it is possible to attain.
There will also be provided in the College shorter courses to meet the needs of other classes of students, namely those who as a matter of general education need to have a cursory acquaintance with the various aspects of the subject-students of political economy, of engineering, of chemical technology, etc.—and those, who as prospective owners of woodlands, farmers and others, desire some technical, especially silvicultural knowledge.
Some of the courses in the fundamental sciences offered by the University, which hitherto have not been shaped so as to meet the special needs of students in forestry, will be adapted to these special requirements. Other needful courses which did not exist will, through the interest of the professors of the University, be instituted as required.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION.
The following subjects are required for admission: English, Physiology and Hygiene, History [student must offer two of the four following divisions in History: (a) American, (b) English, (c) Grecian, (d) Roman.] Algebra, Advanced French, Advanced German, and Advanced Mathematics.
An equivalent in Latin, (see page 38), may be offered in place of Advanced French.
[For details as to subjects and methods of admission see pages
For admission to the freshman class, communications should be addressed to the Registrar. See pages 33-53.
For admission to advanced standing from other colleges and universities, communications should be addressed to the Director of the College. See pages 52 and 53.
For admission to graduate work and candidacy for advanced degrees, communications shonld be addressed to the Dean of the University Faculty. See pages 64–72.]
Since the forestry literature of the present day is to be found largely in the German and French languages, a ready reading knowledge of both languages or at least of German is essential, In order that the technical nomenclature of the sciences which form part of the forestry studies may not be unintelligible to the student, a knowledge of Latin is desirable. A thorough knowledge of mathematical methods is required to follow the lectures on forest mensuration, valuation, regulation, forest statics, and forest finance.
In addition to the mental requirements, students who expect to become forest managers are advised, that a robust physical constitution is needful to endure the hardsdips often necessarily connected with such positions.
Admission to the short and synoptical course is free to all students who furnish evidence to the Director that they are able to pursue the work elected in a satisfactory manner. The conditions applying to special students who do not desire to take the full course leading to the degree, but wish to take up certain branches, and for graduate work, are found on pages 52 and 64 of the Register.
For statement regarding fees and expenses see page 55. In general the rules of the University apply to the College of Forestry. For additional information address DIRECTOR OF STATE COLLEGE OF FORESTRY, Ithaca, N. Y.
PLAN OF INSTRUCTION.
The Regular Course leading to a degree of Bachelor of the Science of Forestry, is a four year course and is intended to prepare men fully to take charge of forest estates, private or state, to advise in administration of such estates, and prepare working plans for the same, to take charge of land and timber departments, and finally to teach the science of forestry in the colleges which are likely in the near future to provide separate chairs for forestry science and practice.
The first two years of this course are mainly devoted to the study of preparatory or basal subjects, natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, political economy, etc., and the last two years to forestry proper.
ONE TERM COURSE.
To meet the requirements of students of political economy and others who desire a survey of the subject of forestry as a matter of general education, a synoptical or introductory course of two hours per week during the fall term, repeated if desirable during the spring term, will be given.
This course is open to all comers, requires no special preparation except the intelligence of a general student, and is intended to convey such information as is necessary to understand the position and relation of forests and forestry to the commonwealth, and the general features of the business and art of forestry.
TWO TERM COURSE.
This short course is intended for special students, farmers, lumbermen, young men who cannot well spend four years in preparing
themselves to become foresters and who yet wish to avail themselves of technical and practical instruction in forestry that might enable them to manage more intelligently their own woodlands. The course will occupy itself mainly with the elucidation of silvicultural problems, treating the business considerations of forest management only cursorily. It will occupy three hours per week through fall and winter. This course will be given in 1899–1900 only if students in sufficient number are found to take advantage of the same.
THREE YEAR COURSE.
The regular course is so arranged that students who can spend only three years at the College will by the end of the third year have acquired not only a full preparation in the fundamental sciences but also in all the forestry branches which are essential for the successful management of woods, for which working plans have been prepared. One more term in the fourth year will give that knowledge also, namely, the making of working plans. To such students, having satisfactorily proved their efficiency in the studies prescribed for the three years, the designation of “Forester " will be give.
In addition to short excursions into neighboring woods, to milling and wood manufacturing establishments, etc., during fall and winter terms of the junior and senior classes, these classes will spend the entire spring term at Axton, N. Y., in the College Forest, these terms to be devoted mainly to practice and field work. Such field work will include:
a. Exploitation and surveying. Inspection of lumber camps, logging operations, transportation methods and mills. Laying out and construction of roads. Methods of dividing and marking forest
b. Silviculture: Inspection of and participation in plantings, sowings and nursery work, making improvement cuttings, marking out for thinnings, and for natural reproduction.
c. Mensuration and valuation: Tree measurement and studies of the rate of growth, timber estimating.
d. Forest description and regulation: Gathering data for working plans, and elaboration of such plans for given areas.
In addition ample opportunity is given during the freshman and sophomore years for fieldwork in botany, entomology, geology, and surveying.