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nents. They agreed on the need for reforestation; the dispute was over the
best method."9 Without personal ambition for political or financial aggran-
dizement, Jones preached the cause of conservation in Texas for more than
fifty years. He significantly influenced not only forestry and reforestation
policy, but public concern for state forests and parks, soil erosion, water
conservation, and wildlife as well.
Jones never pretended, of course, to possess the special training or knowl-
edge of the professional forester. He was instead the enlightened layman
who was keenly aware of the problems of conservation, and untiringly
sought to bring together the leaders of the lumber industry, the state offi-
cials and the professional foresters to solve these problems. In a sense he was
the catalyst who produced action by the decision-makers. But had it not
been for Jones the Texas Forestry Association would certainly not have
been organized in I914, and the State Department of Forestry would not
have been created prior to the twenties, perhaps the thirties. By that time
the Texas pine forests might have been completely destroyed.
W. Goodrich Jones lived until he was almost ninety, and was present at
the dedication of the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest in Montgomery Coun-
ty on May 19, 1949. He died August I, 1950, widely acclaimed as president
emeritus of the Texas Forestry Association and father of Texas forestry. In
a letter to Jones in 1942 W. B. Bizzell summed up the influence that this
man had had on life in Texas:
As everyone knows, you are the father of the forestry movement and you are
the man who sold the idea to me. Every forest tree and every reforestation
station project is a living symbol of your ceaseless enthusiasm for the conser-
vation of our timber resources.40
39Frank A. Briggs to Jones, December 9, 1914; Max Bentley to Jones, March 2, 1921;
G. B. Dealey to Jones, April 6, 1921; J. Lewis Thompson to Jones, December 14, 1914;
J. N. Gilbert to Jones, December 14, 1914; Henry E. Hardtner to Jones, February 21,
1921; R. W. Wier to Jones, February I3, 1922, ibid.
40Texas Forests and Texans (Texas Forestry Association), May-June, I964; W. B.
Bizzell to Jones, November I6, 1942, Jones Papers.
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