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Garde Général des Eaux et Forêts Bertin,
Rapport sur l'Exploitation des bois d'oeuvre
et des bois de chauffage à l'usage du chemin de fer
de Kayes à Niger, n°48 (Mahina, November 9, 1908)
in ANM 3 R 38 fonds anciens

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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This report covers several things related to the purchase of wood by the railroad for fuel and construction. When African farmers cleared their fields, they left large dead trees standing in the middle of otherwise cleared fields. The French administrator suggested that the railroad use these for fuel before the administration authorized the cutting of more live trees.

The administrator also complained that Africans used poor techniques to cut wood. They cut green wood for fuel, left large, wasteful stumps, and left a lot of material that could be burned for fuel.