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William W. Ashe - Bibliography


Biography W. W. Ashe was a native of North Carolina who had a forty-year professional career spanning from 1892 to 1932.  He worked with the North Carolina Geological Survey as Forester from 1891 to 1909, having numerous side jobs with the US Geological Survey and the Bureau of Forestry before beginning to work full time with the US Forest Service in 1909.  Ashe was an early advocate of the positive influences of forest cover on water quality.  He was also an early advocate of the need to create national forests east of the Mississippi, having worked with Joseph A. Holmes who was among the originators of the idea in 1893.  One of Ashe’s largest contributions to forest conservation was his field work toward, and coordination of, national forest land acquisitions in the eastern United States, from before the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911 until the time of his death in 1932.  He served as Secretary of the National Forest Reservation Commission from 1918 to 1924.  Ashe also made significant contributions to Botany, Dendrology, and early ecological work in the eastern United States.  He was among the first to formally propose Research Natural Areas in the southeast, and put the plan into action by 1922.  His extensive plant collection, which contained over 20,000 dried specimens, was acquired by the Coker Herbarium at UNC Chapel Hill after his death. 
Subjects Ashe, William W.
United States Forest Service
Forests and Forestry --- United States
Forestry and Community
Forestry Extension North Carolina
Forestry Extension Southern States
Forestry Industry
Forestry Innovations
Forestry Schools and Education
Forestry Schools and Education --- North Carolina
United States Department of the Interior

Ashe, William W. and Pinchot, Gifford. Timber Trees and Forests of North Carolina.   NC Geological Survey - Bulletin # 6, M.I.-J.C. Stewart Public Printers, 1897.

Wilson, James.  (Ashe, William W. and Ayres, Horace B.) Message From the President of the United States: A Report of the Secretary of Agriculture in Relation to the Forests, Rivers, and Mountains of the Southern Appalachian Region. US Government Printing Office, 1902.

Ashe, William W. and Ayres, Horace B. The Southern Appalachian Forests.  US Geological Survey - Professional Paper # 37, US Government Printing Office, 1905.

Ashe, William W. Special Relations of Forests to Rivers in the United States.  Preliminary Report of the Inland Waterways Commission, US Government Printing Office, 1908. (pages 514-534).

Ashe, William W. Loblolly or North Carolina Pine.  NC Geological and Economic Survey – Bulletin # 24, 1915.

Ashe, William W. The Forests of the Future – Second Growth. Southern Lumberman, August 1916.  (Address Delivered to the Southern Forestry Congress – Asheville, NC)   
{also published in the Proceedings of the Southern Forestry Congress, 1916}

Ashe, William W. Forest Types in the Appalachians and White Mountains.  Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, March 1922.  (37:183-198)

Ashe, William W. Reserved Areas of Principal Forest Types as a Guide In Developing an American Silviculture.  Journal of Forestry, March 1922.  (20:276-283)

 Ashe, William W. The Creation of the Eastern National Forests.  American Forestry, September 1922.  (28:521-525)

 Ashe, William W. The Place of the Eastern National Forests in the National Economy.  Geographical Review, October 1923.  (13:532-539)

 Ashe, William W. Magnolia cordata and Other Woody Plants.  Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, October 1927.  (54:579-582)

Ashe, William W. The Tree That Does Not Yield a Profit.  Scientific Monthly, October 1930.  (31:319-327)

Citation  U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
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