You Hold the Key - to a Holocaust!

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This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Stop for a minute and think where would you be - where would we all be - without wood? We're dependent on wood; we're dependent on wood. There's a danger of all of New York State's Adirondacks forest going up in smoke. They're ready to be turned by one careless spark in to a chain of flame.

Reporter George Cole, New York State Conservation Department pilot Fred Maclane, and District Forester William Petty fly above the Adirondacks to describe the devastation of "last November's blow-down". Maclane points out significant parts of the forests, including teepees. Petty describes the destruction of the fire.

Back in the studio, announcer interviews Kenny Williams, Superintendent of Forest Fire Control for New York State Department of Conservation about the seriousness of the situation. Most fires are started by careless cigarette smokers.

Trees are part of the investment in to our future. Forest fire prevention is the job of everyone, and everyone is spelled Y-O-U.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8828