Department of Horticulture
Ever since the first true home builder staked out his claim on the great plains of the Northwest the problems of tree growth, both for fruit and protection, have been continual subjects of experimentation. Each person brought either seeds or plants from the South or East, depending upon the section whence he came. These plants were in a majority of cases failures or disappointments. History is said to repeat itself, and if we were to judge all history by the records of tree planting, both by the early pioneers of this country and by their descendants as they ventured into the interior, we should find that the later generation pursued the same plan as that tried by their forefathers. The colonial settlers brought seeds and plants from the mother country. The pioneers of the Northwest carried them from the mother state. In both cases, however, the results were practically the same, both failures. The younger generation thought, perhaps, that because they were not going outside the limits of their own country, the experience which came to the Puritans would not come to them. It has taken years for this lesson to become firmly impressed upon the people, but the great majority have come to appreciate its importance. The unsuccessful attempts to import from the East forced those that were determined, to look about them and see what nature had here provided. In the search for plants for groves and shelter belts, the native woodlands that border the rivers and lakes and have survived in the ravines, furnished the desired material, but the source from which to draw a fruit supply was not so easily found.
forestry, trees, forest, shelter belts, wind breaks
U. S. Experiment Station of South Dakota, South Dakota Agricultural College
Corbett, L.C., "Forestry in South Dakota" (1897). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 53.