Chamber Sees Peril In Drastic Slashes For Forest Budget 3/25/1933

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Chamber Sees Peril In Drastic Slashes For Forest Budget Economy Favored but Proposed Cut Held As Inadvisable Drastic reductions in governmental expenses are a necessity, but it is . false economy to pare the budget of the state forestry department to a point where thousands of acres af timber and brushlands whose value cannot be computed in dollars and cents are marked for almost certain destruction by fire. This was the attitude expressed by directors of the San Bernardino tfhamber of commerce at a luncheon session at the California hotel yesterday when they went on record as opposing the proposal before the state legislature to reduce the appropriation for the California forestry department from $585,000 to ?100,000. FORESTS HELD VITAL Their action was taken after Dr. J. N. Baylis, chairman of the county forestry department, told the directors that the reduction, proposed by the senate fact-finding committee, would result in the almost total removal of protection from state forest lands in this county. Thiiteen fire trucks, with which state rangers have been able to keep fire loss to the absolute minimum, would be stored in warehouses if the proposed reduction is made law, said Dr. Baylis. "The San Bernardino valley is wholly dependent upon the forests for its water supply," said Dr. Baylis, "and removal of fire protection from the state mountain lands would create a situation so grave I hesitate even to think about it." The resolution which the chamber of commerce will draw will make it plain that the organization is strongly supporting governmental economy. But a reduction of more than 80 per cent in a function so vital as protection of forest lands .is out of all reason, the board agreed. ROLPH PLAN BACKED "A reduction of 80 per cent in the fire protection of the city of San Bernardino would be unthinkable," aid Director Harry S. Webster, "and to my mind so drastic a cut In forest fire protection is equally as impossible." It is possible that R. H. Mack, chamber of commerce secretary, will go to Sacramento to present personally San Bernardino's reasons for opposing the reduction. Dr. Baylis pointed out that Governor Rolph has proposed a budget of $360,000 for the forestry department, and that the department ltsrlf is supporting this proposal. "This is a reasonable reduction," he said, "and one which would not destroy the department, as the factfinding committee's plan would urely do." Northern California legislators do not appreciate the value of the forest lands of the south, said Dr. Baylis. They think that because there are no i Tibering operations In the San Bernardino mountains the timber is valueless, failing to realize that the valley Is dependent for water upon the mountain regions. TRUCKS INVALUABLE Specifically the chamber's resolution will oppose any reduction which will result In discontinuance of fire trucks in the forest. This modern method of combatting forest fires was really developed in the San Bernardino mountains, and has far exceeded in efficiency any means of suppressing conflagrations which yet has been devised. There have been numerous instances where these fire trucks have prevented appalling losses of timber In this forest, said Director William - Starke, well known fire prevention and water conservation expert. Because of the prolonged discussion of the forestry budget reduction, the directors had time for no other business. City Makes Last Bid on Property The city of San Bernardino yesterday submitted final written offers to the owners of nine parcels of lam needed to provide rights-of- way for the new Santa Fe viaduct on Mt. Vernon avenue, according to Mayor I. N. Gilbert. He said that if the proposals are rejected the city will immediately file condemnation proceedings to acquire the property. The offers are based on evaluations made by the special appraisal board appointed by the chamber of commerce to assist City Engineer A. H. Lowe in fixing a fair price for the property. The board of directors of the chamber of commerce requested the mayor and council to resort to condemnation suits as a means of speeding up the start of construction of the new viaduct. According to Secretary R. H. Mack, of the chamber, the state department of public works is prepared to call for bids to build the new steel and reinforced-concrete causeway as soon as the rights-of-way are provided, and when the city proceeds with its task of improving West Fourth street. The street will be widened and repaved from the viaduct to the state's new Lytle Creek bridge. The chamber of commerce sponsored the viaduct improvement for a number of years, and is largely (Continued on Page Thirteen) The Tri-County advisory' board, a chamber of commerce organization formed to further the interests of San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, will meet Monday night at the Fontana Farms inn. The board was organized last summer at a meeting held in Fontana, but has not met since that time. Justus F. Craemer, Orange county editor and president of the National Editorial association, is president of the board and has called the meeting for 6 p. m. Plans for further activities will be outlined at the session, with representatives of state boards present to discuss projects directly affecting the interests of the three countirs. Members from San Bernardino county are R. H. Mack, secretary of the San Bernardino chamber of commerce; Ben Spencer, secretary of the Ontario chamber, and Charles S. Mann, of the Rim of the World league. Representing Riverside county as members of the advisory board are George E. Snidecor of Corona, president of the chamber of commerce, and Earl W. Porter, secretary of the Riverside chamber. Orange county is represented by H. M. May, former secretary of the Riverside chamber and now secretary of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Orange county; George Raymer, secretary of the Santa Ana chamber, and G. C. MacLeod, secretary of the Newport chamber. Truck Driver Held On Theft Charges Though he was charged only with grand theft at his preliminary hearing in the San Bernardino justice court yesterday, Ralph H. Rorer, 19-year-old truck driver, was ordered held for trial In superior court on charges of grand theft and driving an automobile while he was intoxicated. BOOSTER BODY MEETS MONDAY

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  1. The San Bernardino County Sun,
  2. 25 Mar 1933, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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