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PAUL BUNYAN welcomes parade crowd. i" :i ~:~ii: i!~ : QUEEN DIANA and her court. BIRLER takes a dunking at Loggers Show. Page 5-70- SheltorPMason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 Green grow the forests and clear flow the streams The mountain deer browses, the wild blossom gleams From ocean wave surging to mountain serene All nature is praying: "Keep forest lands green." These verses sung on a radio program in 1939 by Ivar Haglund, son of a pioneer logger and now Seattle's famous restauranteur, heralded the birth of the "Keep Washing- ton Green" movement. But even before that Mason County had coined the slogan, "Keep Mason County Green" and had pointed the way to a cooperative effort to reduce the state's stagger- ing forest fire losses. This was a campaign of "friendly persuasion" aimed at tourists, campers, sportsmen, brush pickers, Christmas tree cutters, and others of a rapidly increasing number of forest users. The effort which gained impetus with Haglund's ra- dio appeal was spearheaded by the American Forest Pro- ducts Industries and its first president, Colonel William B. Greeley, for whom the Nisqually seedling tree nursery is named. The campaign used radio programs, weekly press re- leases, a Junior Forest Patrol organized by the American Legion, roadside signs and slogans painted on the high- way surfaces. It culminated in the organization of the Keep Washington Green Association whose program was extended to Oregon and many other states. The association persuaded Stewart Holbrook, a not- ed author, to drop his teaching at Harvard University and take command of the KWG program. His book, "Burn- ing An Empire," published in 1943, was a powerful factor in early success of the program. A poster contest enlisting the talents of public school art students was organized and continues to be one of the most effective means of spreading the messsage into every community of the state. In Mason County the first Forest Festival in 1945 was organized for the express purpose of providing an an- nual keynote for the campaign to cut forest fire losses. An article by George E. Griffith of the U. S. Forest Service in the program for the first Festival contained this eloquent appeal for fire prevention: "Mason County stands on a wooden foundation. Com- munities such as Shelton were built from products of the forests. These forests provide the economic lifeblood and human welfare for those who dwell in the county. "But there is one thing that can undo all efforts and bring the county to the ver ,e of bankruptcy. That one thing is fire. If a catastrophe such as the great Oregon Tillamook fire should strike here, 'the future would be black indeed." "The best way to fight fire is to prevent it. The only way we can be sure to Keep Washington Green is never, to let a spark of fire loose in the woods." Today Mason County's Forest Festival provides a weekend of jollification for crowds which flock here from all parts of Western Washington. But its main purpo remains to carry on the gospel of forest fire prevention. Theme of floats in the mammoth Paul Bunyan parade continues to stress the economic importance of the forests and the need for protecting this resource. Paul Bunyan swings his big ax, but Smokey Bear tags along, too, with his message: "Use Your Ash Tray!" The big parade draws more than I00 entries, includ- ing many of the state's finest bands and marching units. Presiding over the festivities is a queen and her court who represent every community in the county. It is preceded by a junior parade dedicated to the "second growth" which, be it trees or people, is the key to the community's future. A Loggers Show at Loop Field winds up the four-day event with thrills and laughs provided by some of the Northwest's top performers in high climbing, tree-topping, log birling, and both hand and power saw falling and bucking. Crowd-pleasing features at the show are Father Max and Son Paul Searles, the indestructible competitors at hand falling and bucking; Malcolm Harper, the high-climbing clown; Hap Johnson, an old-time spring board artist; and modern champs at speed climbing such as Dwight Carpenter and Ron Downing. 000 Custom Homes Remodelinq Commercial Phone 426-6643 Probably the most striking view of Southern Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains combine with complete resort facilities to promise you a memorable visit to Jarrell's Cove on Harstine Island. Whether you prefer vacation apartment, trailer, camping or shipboard living for your leisure time, it's aH waiting for you at Jarrell's Cove. A new area for self contained camper units has been opened overlooking the water. Water hook-ups are available 41, Standard Oil Marine Service Trailer Sites Propane Service 4k Camping Showers and Laundry Vacation Apartments Grocery Store Beer and Ice 4k Fishing Tackle Herring 41, Skiffs Open Everyday--Year 'Round JARRELL'S on Harstine Island Ted and Elsie Ness Phone 426-8823 & Open Every Day Afternoons & Evenings, Noon 'til Midnight 12 Lanes For Bowling 5 Tables For Pool 18 Hole Indoor Mini Golf L. L. Mclnelly 633 So. First Ev LaBelle, Mgr. 426-8452 .: ~:,~: : "Competent Drillers Mean Wells of Quality" Pump Sa Modern PHONE 426-4713 1583 E. DICKINSON @ Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-23