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Practical Forester is Ardent Conservator

Shirley Walter Allen
The Michigan Alumnus 340

SHIRLEY W. ALLEN spends about half his time in extension work
 connected with aims and projects of the State Department of Con
servation and of the School of Forestry and Conservation, with which
 he has been connected since 1928 as Professor of Forestry.

When he
 sets out for the wooded parts of the State to cooperate with some local
 fire warden in a school program, he takes along "Paul Bunyan's Lunch 
Box." It is a miniature portable stage on which he can produce 13
 scene changes to portray in highly graphic fashion what can take place
 in the virgin forest under careless and under modern scientific man
agement.

New York born, educated at Iowa State College, Professor
 Allen is a Master of Forestry who has worked in logging camps, saw
-mills and forest nurseries—has been in the retail lumber business.


Much of his experience has been gained in the great forests of the
 Pacific Coast. Recent summers have been spent as an Inspector of 
E.C.W. projects and he has had his hand in education in the C.C.C. 
camps. He has headed the Michigan Conservation Council. Naturally 
he is a landowner. To make a beautiful place of the small wooded 
tract—with its tiny lake — through application of modern forestry 
methods is a project in which his whole family is interested. Now he
 wants to go to the far ends of the earth to study forestry methods of
 other countries.