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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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! i ;! HELITACK fire fighters, airborne by helicopter from the'U. S. Forest Service Satsop Guard Station, attack a fire at Spider Lake. THE AMPHITHEATRE at Camp Spillman provides a sylvan background for drama, nature lectures, musical performances, and other group activities of visitors. Page S-28- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 otest lauds thouEhout 5Aason Couut~, t~e She~tou Y)~stdct of the State Department o[ Natural Resources makes an important contribution to the economy administering timber and evergreen brush harvesting on 38,907 acres of managed state forest lands. The department also manages 28,075 acres of county trust lands, the greater part of which, 18,907 acres, is on the Tahuya Peninsula, administered from Port Orchard. These state and county lands yield a substantial income from sale of mature timber and thinnings, salal, huckleberry, fern, and Christmas trees. Mason County receives 80 per cent of the income from its trust lands. The state also leases portions of its tidelands for oyster culture. Reforestation of state lands is an important responsibility of the department. Both hand planting and aerial seeding methods are used. Forest road construction, needed both for fire protection and access to harvest areas, is also a continuing activity. Two public utility districts serve Mason County's growing residential population and its commercial and industrial enterprises with a far-reaching network of electrical power lines. Public Utility District 1, with headquarters at Potlatch, was organized in 1934 and commenced operation in 1935 as the first PUD in the State of Washington. It serves the south and west shores of Hood Canal from Twanoh State Park to Walker Mountain, including the Skokomish Valley, Duckabush and Dosewallips River vaffeys, Union, Potlatch, Hoodsport, Lilliwaup, Eldon, and Brinnon. The district has more than 2,000 customers. Capital outlays each year increase capacity for existing customers, extend power lines to new subdivisions, and modernize construction equipment. PUD 3, with headquarters in Shelton, was organized in 1934. It started serving a few rural customers in 1939 with Cushman power purchased from the City of Tacoma. Today this utility serves Shelton, Belfair, Matlock, Allyn, Dayton, the recreational development at Lake Cushman, and all of rural Mason County south of the area covered by PUD 1. Approximately 40 per cent of its customers are recreational. -PUD 3 has more than I 1,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and irrigation customers. Value of its plant inventory is nearly $5,000,000. First steps in establishing a Mason County Public Works Department with authority to maintain and operate sanitary sewer and water systems under the County Services Act, a state law passed in 1967, were taken during the past year. The county commissioners agreed to take over within two years of their completion privately installed sewage disposal systems at Harstene Pointe on Harstine Island and Rustlewood on the mainland west of Pickering Passage. County Engineer J. C. Bridger was appointed Public Works Director and the county legal advisor was requested to prepare a resolution setting forth the department's powers and duties. By the time the new department is organized there is a prospect that water as well as sewer systems will be taken over by the county. s Rul Smokey Bear, the U. S. Forest Serv- ice's polite but firm guardian of the wood- lands, has just two rules. But they must be obeyed by campers and hunters. These are: 1. No smoking while traveling except in vehicles on roads. 2. 8hovel, axe, water container are required while camping, if traveling by car or puk amimLi. s~9ox~ ~ uo.~ 0 mi. SEATTLE You don't have to start at Seattle, but on a clear day you could see as ar as Lake Cushman from he top of the needle The main idea is to get away ram the hustle and bustle of the city See and feel the glory of nature. Start early. Head south on Interstate 5. As you sail past Tacoma, the kids will be talking about riding horses. Wait'll they see what else we have! C'mon, dad, let'sgo! Give your family a day to remember. Take our Lake Cushman Discovery Tour, a one-day, fun-day, see-'n-do day. Fun on the road, fun at the lake, fun coming home. Approximately 135 miles for the com- plete circle. Inexpensive, too. We'll jive you a coupon book worth $20.00 or more in horseback riding, golfing, food and gasoline. It's a great way to look at recreation property.., try it on for fun. A OLYMPIC NATIONAL .,~ .~_ Cush n o'A , dt Drive affords ~] ~ access to the south- CC/xL-~, ~, east entrance of Olympic National Park and the Staircase Falls portion of this wilderness of rugged mountains, coniferous rain forest, wildlife ranges, glaciers, lakes, stream and seascapes. This park, one of the nation's most magnificent and widely known, contains nearly 1,400 square miles. 61 mi. OLYMPIA ~When the state capitol dome looms up on the right, exit I-5. With its lawns, fountains and gardens, the capitol grounds offer a ~=-~~--t~ restful, fascinating travel break. All that Greco-Roman architecture! The kids will marvel at the all-marble rest rooms in the capitol building. A formal garden ablaze with blossoms, aswiH with fragrance. And a greenhouse to roam through. 62 mi. TUMWATER Nearby the Olympia Brewing Company schedules plant tours which are famous up and down the West Coast. They are conducted in a dignified, all-family manner by well-trained guides. It is a vast plant, larger than it seems from the highway. Allow a half hour for this. 91 mi. LAKE CUSHMAN Double back to downtown Olympia and go west on Highway 410 for a short distance. Then turn right on 101. Shelton wil be next, but now you're seeking Hoodsport and the turnoff to Lake Cushman. Wilderness sights, colors and wstas slide by. Spot birds and small animals. Lake Cushman is a 10-mile-long lake, a short distance from Hood Canal, with 23 miles of alpine shoreline, the upper end of which touches the incomparable Olympic National Forest. One of the region's finest fishing reservoirs, the lake presents indescribable views and foreground scenes, timber, wild flowers, and wild life of the forest and mountain meadow. At Lake Cushman Resort, we have riding stables, a nine-hole golf course, a marina with rental boats, motors and a launching area, cabins, picnic grounds, barbecue pavilions, bath house, playground. Also, a restaurant, cocktail lounge, grocery store, gift shop, tackle shop, and soda fountain. You'll love Cushman Country. Write for our gift coupon book! Worth $20 in fun! HOOD CANAL~ At Cushman's "front door" ~~..) is Hood ~,anal, a long arm of Puge.t Sound. Because it is relatively shallow, water in it becomes warm enough in summer for swimming, and creatures of saltwater abound. Sufficiently remote from the centers of population density, the beaches haven't been picked clean of nature's fascinating artifacts and inhabitants. ~REMERTON On the way home, depending upon where you joined the tour, you might head for any one of several West-Sound ferry landings. At Bremerton, there is in the approaching ~'J~" scene a great Navy mothball fleet, including battlewagon heroes of World War II, and whatever ships of the Pacific fleet which happen to be in drydock. FERRY BOAT RIDE HOME Coming home to Seattle on board a ferry boat, late in a lovely day, is one of the great privileges of being in Western Washington. It isn't easy to forget coming upon the Seattle skyline as it blazes in the light of a setting sun at you~ back. And there is nothing like a ferry- boat ride to cap a wonderful day for a youngster. You've really done it this time, dad. I | | I I I I I I I I I I I I I . STATE_______Z I 5. LAKE OFFICE P.O. Box 307, Hoodsport, Wn. 98548 Please send me a Lake Cushman Discovery Tour coupon book. NAME ADDRESS. CITY__ CUSHMAN SALES I I I t 1 I I I I I I I I I I I We've always been environmentalists... Always will be. , _ i ,, ,i ill i . i | nln Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-65