Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on May 26, 1965 · Page 9
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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 9

Ironwood, Michigan
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Wednesday, May 26, 1965
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26,1963. WONWOOD DAIIY GLOBE, IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN NIMV Connor development of forestry was initiated in 1933: Oneida County „.„, „« „ that If these lands were sold to! .' 194 i saw the first step in private enterprise, the publ i c I state forest research, which was would not be allowed to fish or hunt in the area. They knew well that any new purchaser would im mediately have to open the area to public development. "The time spent by these public officials at taxpayer's expense contacting politicians in Wisconsin and Michigan, government agencies in Washington, carrying on radio, press, TV pro- followed by research in fore s t soils in 1942, in entomology in 1946, and in genetics in 1948. During this same time 65 farm foresters were hired to help timber growers. In 1952 the Conservation Department hired its f i r st entomologist and now has six on its staff. In 1963 legislation was passed to protect the priv ate land owner against liability grams, and service club presen-1 claims from public use of his tations to promote this government acquisition was astoundin g [ndustry does not have the money or the personnel to carry on a program of this type, or to publish and circulate expensive brochures to combat a situation of this type. This is a typical example of misrepresentation by government agencies to expand their land holdings. "The Forest Service bee a m e entirely carried away when it stated on Page 13 of its Sylvania bulletins: " 'The rich and varied colors lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation. All of these actors have been important to both the recreational development of the State and the forest produc t s industries. + * * "Our industry believes that it is not necessary that 8 million dollars of the taxpayer's money be used annually in Wisconsin by government for the acquisition of more lands. We simp 1 y cannot afford to have our tax base further depleted in the face of increasing state expendi- of the foliage in the fall are al^es or education, welfare splendid sight. Color contras t s ! highways, and the development and harmonious hues form ana- , of the la " ds tnat are already ;ural rnosiac for the visitor to be- i government owned. ..old. This panorama of colors!. We s further feel that the hys- dndles the desire of visitors to I tena being developed for 1 a ad iuiow which trees have turne a j acquisition and public demands jright red, orange, or vellow, O r i f °r recreation is highly exagger- .iave remained deep green.' I suggest that these same colors and hues would appear] each fall, whether this area was government owned or privat e 1 y owned and developed to improve ••he economy of that area! * * * "A recent survey of the Nation- il Association of Counties regarding the 25 per cent pay- and based on more ! motivation than fact or need. "The Wisconsin State Park attendance reported in the 1964 Wisconsin Blue Book shows a dropping-off of about 800 thousand visitors, or 15 per cent. It further shows drop-off at developed areas of Wisconsin State forests of 95 thousand visitors, or about 10 per cent. "Officials of state parks In „ — — _ <_ . uuiciais or Biaie pants ui ments to counties from Forest the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Service lands showed that the 240 counties responding reported an income amounting to only a traction of what these counties would have received if the s e lands had been held by private •nterprise and carried on the lo«cal tax rolls. We should also bear in mind that the other 75 per cent of the income from the timber cut by the Forest Service is returned to Washingt o n and put into a general fund. Under private enterprise, these funds would be used for the further development of the timber Industry and the local economy in the areas where the timber was being removed. "The taxpayer should not be misled into thinking that the national forests pay their own way. If you take the total expense of the Forest Service and deduct the total receipts, you have a loss of almost 5 thousand dol- report that attendance did not increase materially from 1952 to 1963. Officials of Porcu pine Mountain Park, where the state has tied up 53 thousand acres of timber land, report park visitations decreased 90 per cent for the same 11-year period. This huge government park after 20 years showed total receipts in 1963 of only $15,676, whereas a well-developed, attractive small park on Lake Gogebic, in the same area, had -receipts of $10,789. This situation again points up the fact that it is not a question of vast areas of government acquisition and ownership that is important. What is important is the strategic location and attractive development of additional limited areas for the general use of the public. * * * "Our industry believes there should be closer cooperati o n lars per year for every em-1 between the federal government ployee on the Forest Service payroll. It is reported that the annual loss to the taxpayer on the lands in Region 9 with headquarters in Milwaukee is $2.60 per acre per year for its approximately 8 million acres of ownership. Not only have the local school districts and governments lost the tax revenue from this acreage but we are paying our annual losses as set forth above. "In our own State of Wisconsin, where we have more than 15 million acres of commercial forest land, the problem of government ownership is becoming more acute and a major problem to our industry, and, therefore, to the future of a large portion of our state . employment. Our state government now has 8 million dollars per year allocated for more land acquisition, even though governm e n t now owns over 6 million acres in the state, equal to iy z acres for every man, woman, and child living in Wisconsin. Private industry owns only about one million acres of forest land in the state. Nine million forested acres are in the hands of farmers and other small woodlot owners. * * * "Twenty-s i x of our counties have closed more than 5 million acres to agricult u r a 1 development. These lands, along with the industry-owned lands, plus the governvnent-o w n e d lands, give the residents of Wisconsin 12 million acres open for hunting and fishing. "At the turn of the century, Wisconsin led the nation In lumber production. By 1910 many of our pine forests had been depleted, and a great part of the softwood lumber industry moved to the west and south. But the forests came back and today Wisconsin is still nearly half forested; about 6 million acres of producing, commercial forest land is in the central and southern counties. The timber in Wisconsin forests is growing rapidly. The net annual growth from 1956 through 1966 is estimated at 3.7 million cords, a daily increase averaging 10,300 cords. And the actual cut is slightly below what foresters estimate is the allowable cut that would keep the forests producing wood perpetually. "The wood using industries of the State of Wisconsin are thankful for the support and help they have received from the state government. Starting in 1927, the combining of any State agencies into the Wisconsin Conservation Department was a step forward in the growing of timber for Wisconsin. The fire protection system set up that year by the commission was a pattern for many 'states in the union, as well as the Wisconsin Crop Act passed by the Legislature the same year. "Zoning of rural lands for the the sta^e, the Land Commission and the 72 counties regard ing the best use and development o: the lands now owned by th e s e governmental agencies. It is not a problem of acquiring more lands but of taking care of and developing for multiple use the lands now owned by the govern ment. These government agencies now own remote lakes, rivers, and streams that should be made accessible and developed for the use of visitors and the people of Wisconsin. "The Outdoor Recreation Re sources Review Commission, in its report to the President in 1962 listed 4,962,198 acres o land and water in governm e n owned recreation areas in Wis consin. I suggest that th e s e areas should be made accessible ;o the people and developed to the allowable maximum before more land is purchased and is taken off the tax rolls. "As private holdings dimini s h he tax squeeze on remaining TOP STUDENTS — Oary Champion, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Champion, 811 Sunset Road, was named top student of the 1965 freshman class of Roosevelt Junior High School, Ironwood Township, and Oail Wahlberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wahlberg, Junet Road, received second honors. Champion's activities included Athletic Club, basketball, 4-H, Shop Club, student council, Roosette Business staff, student librarian, homeroom treasurer, freshman class treasurer, home room president, freshman class. He received the American Penman award, journalism award, basketball and 4-H awards, and citizenship award. Miss Wahlberg's activities included band, Dancing Club, Pep Club, Home Economics Club, Tumbling Club and several offices including Pep Club secretary, freshman class secretary, Roosette business and editorial staff, student council, homeroom treasurer arid Tattler reporter. She won the American Penman award, 4-H Patrol, library, journalism, speech and band awards. holdings of farmers, cottagers, homes, and industry could make land holding a luxury that few could afford! Industry already worries about the tax pic- ;ure for its slow-growing forest holdings. Yet industry feels that to be entirely dependent upon government auctioned timber is an undependable source of supply. No prudent manageme n t will invest in new plant facilities or expansions without adequate, assured private sourc e s of raw material. "Industry has not been vocal about this situation, due to fear of reprisal from government officials. "The statement has been made before the Wisconsin Legislative Committee on Flnan c e that if the conservation appropriation as requested was cut 10 per cent, eleven of the 30 state parks would have to close. It is curious that we hardly have the funds to operate the parks we now have, but we are still going to spend 8 million dollars per year to acquire more lands! •k * + "Our industry further believes that it is not necessary for the government to expend the taxpayer's money in the purchase of additional lands for public use. We believe in keeping these lands on the tax rolls, and, if necessary, leasing parts of them for special use. "A recent study by the U.S Department of Agricul t u r e shows that more than 51,800 organized, private groups with 8,900,000 members rent or have permits to use 39 million acres of privately owned lands for recreation. This thought is already in existence, and certainly could be developed by the public agencies in place of acquiring the land itself. "The public is always led to believe that there is a 'last* oasis of beauty to 'save' or 'protect'—our industry believes government agencies over - emphasize the idea of 'saving and protecting.' The questions always comes to my mind, 'Protecting from whom.' 'Who is the big bad wolfe?' 'What segment of our population is organized to destroy these beauty spots of our renewable natural resources? These areas have existed since time eternal, and will continue to be a part of our State and the natural beauty without the expense to the taxpayer of locking them up in excess government ownership. "Our industry believes in the study made by Professor of Forestry, John Meunch, for the Pennsylvania State Universi t y which states: ' having the land in the hands of a local private resident is three times more effective in increasing the HAREM LILTING and GAY at hoffie or play! White & Bone $3.95 FREEDSTROM'S finer shoes for finer shoes, if s Freedstrom't... of course 129 E. Aurora Ironwood Phone 033.1902 ncome of the county 'ederal ownership.' * * * than is Alumni Day Set By Suomi College HANCOCK—The annual Suomi College Alumni Association meeting, dedication luncheon and ceremony for the new Student Center, open house and the alumni banquet are all part of a busy Alumni Day scheduled for Saturday, May 29. Kicking off the activities of the day will be the annual meeting of the Alumni Association at 10 a.m. in Old Main. Following a financial report on the alumni lounge campaign will be reports from local chapters. * -*• * The alumni banquet will be held in the Student Center dining room at 7 p.m. A record attendance is anticipated to hear guest speaker. Philip I. Wargelin '26 of Pontiac. After attending Suomi College. Wargelin earned an AB degree and an AM degree in secondary administration. Currently he is serving as principal of the Pontiac Northern High School, Pontiac. He is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and various scholastic fraternities. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Finland and France. In addition, Warge 1 i n has served on numerous boards of civic and church groups. Serving as master of ceremonies for the evening will be the Rev. Rudolph Kemppainen of Wakefield. Pastor Kemppainen graduated from the Suomi Theological Seminary in 1955. He has continued his studies at Central Michigan University and at the University of Minnesota He has served in various church and civic organizations. * * * Currently he is a member of and world travel at an earl i e r 'date. I For details about the many ; Navy enlistment programs, in- grounds to prepare them for the sale. At this time of year many persons have items they wish to corned by the Ironwood Chamber in its compalgn to financt this major tourist attraction. terested men may see Chief Da-1 dispose of and these will be wel-l USE DAIL.y GLOBE WANT-AIM vis. Ironwood Post Office or telephone 932-2402. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Bergland Legion Sponsors Rites BERGLAND—The Ameri c an Legion Post of Bergland, will hold its annual Memorial Day ervices Monday, May 31, begln- ing at 10 a.m.. A parade will form at the fire all and will march to the chool where the Auxiliary will lace a wreath on the memor- al there after which a prayer vill be given. The parade will hen proceed to the cemetery. Commander Mattson will open he service, with a short talk, ollowed with a prayer by Post lhaplain Al Savola, The Nation- 1 Anthem will then be played by the Bergland School Band. A speech will then be given by school superintendent Edw i n arlson. Following Carlson, the lev. Douglas McNeil of the Bergland Baptist Church, will be he speaker of the day. After the firing squad per- orms and "Taps" are sounded, he parade units will reform and return to the Legion home Mattson requests all units to orm at the fire hall promptly at 10 a.m. The regular meeting of th e 3ergland Township Board will be held at 7 Friday evening at the Fire Hall. 'Moreover, under certain conditions: ' local private ownership is 31 times more effec- ;ive in stimulating local economic prosperity than is state ownership. 1 "With this in mind, Wisconsin might well take a look at the possibility of selling part of the remote county and state lands, perhaps with a perpetual hunt- ng and fishing reservation to ;he public. The revenue from sale of these lands would help in ;he development of more parks and camp sites. It would reduce administration costs and put the lands back on the tax rolls. "In conclusion, we hope that from this conference there will develop a better realization that the problems before us are not due to any real 'last' wilderness spots but to the 'vast' government ownerships! We hope that there will be a better understanding of the inter-relation of our land and tax problems. We hope for a better recognition of the hazards to industrial and economic growth and the hazards to all taxpayers inherent, in unchecked expansion of government land ownerships. "All of us should realize that property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedoms and our heritage of dynamic free enterprise.'" USE DAILY GLOBE WANT-ADS the executive Board of the Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula Synoc and is serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Synod. He is director of the Gogebic County Conservation Soil District and a mem ber of the Upper Peninsula Child Guidance Clinic, Wakefield Rotary Club and Gogebic Coun ty Ministerial Association. Members of the Alumni Assoc iation will present a program of entertainment. Distinguishec alumni awards will be presented by Pastor Kemppainen in addi tion to chapter and individua trophies. Navy Shortens Training Time Chief James Davis, U. S. Na vy Recruiter here, has an nounced that a change in th time required for recruit train ing is now in effect for all Navy recruits. Until further notice, all men assigned to the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illin o i will be required to spend onl seven weeks in training insteai of the normal nine weeks. The reduced training time, i: in addition to the vast numbe of programs available to quali fied applicants, enables th man to return home on "boo leave" much sooner. Also, h will start his Navy school i n Auction Set For June 79 The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce Hiawatha Committee is planning another auction sale to be held June 19 at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds in Ironwood. Paul Hull, singing auctioneer from Austin, Minn., will be in charge with his crew to conduct another oustanding auction as a fund raising project for the Hiawatha statue. The total indebtedness is $6,000 plus interest and the next payment is due June 21. During the winter months, the Ironwood Chamber and You t h For a Better Ironwood sponsored teen dances and these have helped to add to the Hiawatha fund. it is hoped that the Hiawatha auction will be as successful as last year's and the Hiawatha committee asks everyone to participate. Anyone havi n g items to donate should call the Chamber office, 932-1122, Charles Gotta, 932-1440 or any committee member. They are: Jack Jindrich, Erin Carlson, John Meyer, Kenneth Long, Gil Woodcock, James Sheridan, Geor g e Lee, Marion Thomas. Pa u 1 Rending, Jim Murphy, Al Cigallio, Jim Warren, John Smith, Mickey Davis, Charles Mehler, Al Wright and Al Krier. Members will pick up items j and deliver them to the Fair- 1 SHORTS and SUMMER THESE ... JUST PART OF OUR CACHE OF JAMAICAS! Dacron* Polyester/Cotton* HopsacJa Stretch Duck and Denims Fine Lin* Gabvrdinn Bntik Prints Woven Plaids Many wash 'n wear fabrics included in this collection. All colors. Misses' sizes. Easy-care cotton fun tops anyl cotton knit tee shirts in novelty and popular styles. Solids and patterns. Misses' sizes. Boys f Walking Shorts I 67 REG. 1.91 THIS WEEK ONLY Neatly-tailored washable shorts. Belt loop model, many styles, fabrics, colors. San- forized. Sizes 8-18. 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