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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1939. Department of History.


Copyright 1939, the author. Used by permission.


It is the purpose of this thesis to give a brief account of the work in forestation on the prairies and plains with special reference to Nebraska.This country has witnessed and taken part in the ruthless destruction of timber resources.Many fields have been cleared of all forestation for farming land.The majority of pioneer backwoodsmen did not consider the future implications of their actions.

When Nebraska is described, it is depicted as a vast, treeless prairie.However, when one sees the land in person, it is clear that the “Great American Desert” is indeed a myth.The tree planters in eastern Nebraska had done well to plant tree, filling the state with groves and orchards.Those groves and orchards are monuments to the patience and perseverance of the early pioneers.

Much has been written concerning the hardy frontiersmen, who by patient work, carved homes out of the wilderness.However, too little credit has been given to the tree planters who by their labors endeavored to make the prairie a more pleasant and profitable home for future generations.This thesis strives to give that due credit.