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Mount Vernon


It is always in one's power to cut a tree down, but time can only place them where one would have them, after the ground is stripped.  George Washington, letter to his manager, January 25, 1795.

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Well over half of Mount Vernon's 8,000 acres were not cultivated, and Washington left most of that in natural woodlands. These forests supplied firewood for the estate's entire population, lumber for countless buildings and barns, posts and rails for fences, and wild game for the table. Washington emphasized the importance of conserving the forest trees in letters to his farm managers, and protected wildlife by prohibiting hunters from stalking deer on his land.

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