Fernow, Bernhard Eduard

Fernow, Bernhard Eduard

(fûr`nō), 1851–1923, American forester, b. Germany. In 1876 he emigrated to the United States and became a leader in the movement to protect forests against fire and exploitation. In 1886 he was appointed chief of the Division of Forestry, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. He organized several of the schools of forestry in the United States and Canada. Among his publications are Economics of Forestry (1902), A Brief History of Forestry (1907, 3d ed. 1913), and The Care of Trees in Lawn, Street, and Park (1910).

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See biography by A. D. Rogers (1951).

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Fernow, Bernhard Eduard

(1851–1923) forester, educator; born in Inowrazlaw, Germany (now Poland). The son of a Prussian government official, he emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1876 and, after publishing a series of articles about forestry, helped found the American Forestry Congress in 1882. Four years later he became chief of the new Division of Forestry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1898 he resigned to establish the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell University, the first such in the U.S.A.; he later organized forestry schools at Pennsylvania State College and at the University of Toronto, Canada. He founded the journal Forestry Quarterly (later, Journal of Forestry) and was its editor until 1922.
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