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United States. Department of Agriculture. [U. S. Department of Agriculture press release, Germans Planting Forests in China]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00687.176.01 Author/Creator: United States. Department of Agriculture. Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Printed document Date: 2 November 1909 Pagination: 3 p. : envelope ; 27.3 x 20.5 cm.

While China is an example of the "evil effects of deforestation," German efforts to develop a strong system of forestry have been successful despite thieves and caterpillars.

Powell was a Lincoln supporter and served as a statistician in the Treasury Department during the Civil War. Active in religious work as a young man, he was the secretary and manager of the Evangelistic Press Association and led a topographical corps through Egypt and North Africa to create Sunday School maps of Palestine and the Holy Land. Powell participated in the American Forestry Commission, the Grange and Patrons of Husbandry, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Geographic Society. He was active in Sabbath reform work.

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