Economic Botany

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 51–56 | Cite as

The redwoods of california—largest of economic plants

  • Emanuel Fritz


Redwood forests, like other forests, produce materials of great economic importance, lumber primarily, and a number of byproducts. Technology is involved in every step from road building, logging, transportation, saw milling and to the ultimate product. Biology enters into the conversion of the old, miscellaneous primeval forest to one that can be managed in perpetuity for successive crops, including seeding and planting. The wood itself calls for chemical and physical techniques to prepare it for use—from seasoning, through tests of its propertics and to derived chemicals and paper pulp. It is a fascinating job and never without its problems, surprises, and rewards. Forest management is a wedding of engineering and botany. Redwood forestry has made great strides, hut there still remains much pioneering, particularly in reforestation and in management for continued production.


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© The New York Botanical Garden 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuel Fritz
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  1. 1.University of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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