The importance of the injuries that are done to forests by running fires has led us to give particular attention to this subject, as directly relating to the maintenance of forest products within the United States. For the reasons stated under the following pages, we have collected, and in most instances condensed, the statutes of the different States and Territories relating to this subject, and after these the laws and regulations adopted in other countries, some of which might readily be adopted with great advantage in our own country. The whole series of these laws and regulations will afford ready assistance in the preparation of new laws upon the subject, or in the amendment of existing statutes. These laws are followed by abstracts from replies of correspondents to local inquiries, and after these are presented various plans and suggestions that are regarded as valuable in measures for the prevention and control of these fires--the question of forest-fire insurance, as it stands at the present time in Europe, and such historical accounts as illustrate the terrible extent of these injuries, as they sometimes happen in hot and excessively dry seasons. The possibility of their occurrence presents the strongest possible motive for precautions, by which alone they may be prevented at times when the conditions threaten the greatest danger.