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Foreword Part 2  
Making exact identification of some species, such as the Lindens and Hawthomes, is difficult. The characteristics used to distinguish between the large number of species in these similar groups of trees are the subject of much debate by modem botanists. Therefore, only the genus or group name is given for such groups of trees in this book.
In using this book, keep in mind:

-- nearly two-thirds of the land area of our state is classified as commercialforest land (land capable of growing usableforest trees);

-- much of this land has had the greater part, if not all, of the merchantable timber cutfrom it at least once

-- there is practically no virgin forest in North Carolina

-- in most areas, the second crop of timber is ofsmaller quantity and inferior quality than the originalforest

--the third crop or thirdforest, which now is growing on the land, has the potential of being more productive than the originalforest -- if it is properly managed.

The production of timber products (lumber, posts, pilings, pulpwood, etc.) on private land no longer can be considered as the only management objective. It is to each landowner's advantage to include wildlife conservation, recreational uses and watershed protection in the management of his or her woodlands. To this end, the forest must be protected from wildfire as well as destructive insects and diseases, and harvesting must be done in accordance with good forestry practices.
The Division of Forest Resources, known to most people as the North Carolina Forest Service, hopes this book will create an increased appreciation of our forests and that all North Carolinians will desire to foster, conserve and wisely use our trees.
For more information about forestry, please contact your county forest ranger or the State Forester.

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