Putting Principles to the Test
THE next year, 1956, witnessed two of my rare legislative achievements.
I was able to get an appropriation to finish the Federal Fish Hatchery at Holden, Vermont, in one operation, instead of stringing it over a series of years with a little done each season.
The second successful project was to establish hardwood forestry as a major item in governmental research. Millions of dollars had gone very constructively into softwood research, for lumber and particularly for pulpwood. The use of hardwoods had also had some attention. The production of hardwood was the orphan child of forestry. Yet the Alleghenies and the New England hill and mountain country were the neglected homeland of hardwoods on which was based an industry of furniture, cabinet- work and interior finish. The sources of this valuable lumber were drying up, particularly in the northeast. More needed to be known about nursery practice and promoting natural growth. That work is now under way.
Again this year I broadcast to the Soviet people, sending them a message at Easter. What one man could do was done, but such isolated contacts were no substitute for the basic policy of friendly communication which should be the backbone of our diplomatic relations with the Curtained countries and their people.