Monthly Bulletin of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston, Texas.
August, 1925 Vol, 2, No.8
0, what a glory doth this world put on
For him who, with a fervent heart, goes forth
Under the bright and glorious sky, and looks
On duties well performed, and days well spent!
For him the wind, ay, and the yellow leaves,
Shall have a voice, and give him eloquent teachings.
Although it may seem early in the season to discuss such
matters as holly conservation and use of substitutes in Christmas
decorations, experience has proven that it is wise to bring the
subject before the public at the time dealers are putting in their
advance orders, so that they may be given full opportunity to meet
the situation satisfactorily.
Considering the nation-wide response to our holly conservation
campaign last winter, there can be no doubt that lovers of America's
outdoors are willing and eager to take whatever measures are necessary to insure the preservation of this symbolic native tree.
The main difficulty to be overcome lies in the fact that our
supply of holly has been so vast, in years gone by, that we have continued to use it without any thought of economy or necessity for the
replenishment of the supply, and this attitude of enjoyment without
responsibility seems to have become one of the characteristic features:
of the present care-free jazz age. Even the largest bank account
will eventually run out of funds if continually drawn on with never a
deposit to hold it up.
There is no need to go over the facts about the steady decrease
in the supply of holly, and the failure of the efforts of the few
who plant holly trees to keep up with the destruction of the many
who cut them down. This is not intended to discourage the planting
of holly trees - a good work being carried on by a comparatively
small,number of genuine nature lovers - but simply to show that
planting alone does not offer a final solution of the problem. Probably there will never be enough planters to offset the enormous quantities of holly removed each winter at the present rate of cutting.
It is evident that there must be a prompt> material decrease
In the use of holly -- a truce, until such time as a solution taking
into consideration every phase of the problem can be worked out. And
so, this year, as last, the slogan of the Outdoor Nature Club will be
"Save the Holly! Use Substitutes." Nature lovers everywhere will
take up the cry, and will be glad to render the fullest cooperation
to dealers and merchants handling artificial substitutes, such as
imitation holly, paper \vreaths, etc.
In the preceding paragraphs, the holly tree has been considered strictly with regard to Its preservation as a source of supply for
Yuletide decorations. For the lover of the outdoors, it has another,
and far greater, significance.
As cheery as is the shining sprig of holly above the mantelpiece, still more beautiful is the tall, symmetrical holly tree by
the woodland path, and most wonderful of all - a scene that brings a
feeling of joy and exaltation into the heart of every beholder - is
the vast holly forest, a splendid army of towering trees, with rugged
leaves gleaming in the sunshine and a host of birds feasting upon the
clusters of rich, ruby berries.
Such an experience as this is a privilege that all of us may
enjoy, for there still exist in our Southern forests magnificent groves
of holly trees, safe, up till now, behind barriers of jungle and swamp.
But progress is rapidly conquering the wilderness, and unless timely
measures are taken to preserve some of these natural wonders as a
part of America's scenic heritage, the opportunity will soon be gone.
Instead of erecting a countless array of edifices and monuments to
our own conceit, let us of the Southland set aside and dedicate to
those who must come after us a worthwhile representation of these
beautiful trees of our beloved Dixie, so that gleaming forests of
holly trees may be as great a source of pride and pleasure to our
posterity as the impressive groves of "big trees" saved for the West.