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

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gsoIo:E leUO!g~N :~!dWXlO .]o j~!I,~s!G xoSue?t uO,~lOqS o~I, :i ~ ; :/ DENNY AHL Seed Orchard, where tree farming starts. THIS SEEDLING is seven years from seed, seven feet tall. FLOURISHING STAND of Douglas-fir planted in 1952-53. Page S-40 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 susta'x~ed y~_eXd oY t~.m'oe~ [tova p~atl~] ox~ned a~d ~Io~_ land operated as a unit. Currently the total acreage jointly managed is 347,159. To date 35,621 acres have been put back into production by the company through hand planting or aerial seeding on the Simpson Sustained Yield unit. In the Shelton District which comprises the Olympic National Forest's portion of the unit 29,198 acres have been reforested. This makes a grand total of 64,819 acres returned to production on both company and federal lands. Through sound land retention policies, Simpson's res- toration of trees to its harvested acres has been in pro- gress since 1890. But formal reforestation began in 1943 when the com- pany helped initiate the South Olympic Tree Farm in co- operation with other timberland owners. This was the first cooperative tree farm in the United States. The impetus of Simpson's tree farming was 'super- charged in 1946 when the Sustained Yield Unit agreement with the Forest Service was signed. Both participants iri this enterprise were obligated to reforest their own lands. Harvesting and replanting are planned on a 100-year cycle. Rehabilitation of non-stocked or poorly stocked lands has progressed so well that all Simpson lands logged since 1947 have been reforested. In 1949 Simpson built one of the first industrial seed processing plants in the Pacific Northwest. Since then all seed has been controlled for use on Simpson lands as to site elevation and purity. Both Simpson and the Forest Service have established seed orchards where superior trees produce seed for plant- ing on the unit. It takes about seven years from grafting to usable seedling with seed orchard and nursery culture, compared to 15 years under natural conditions. Simpson's seed nursery occupies 30 acres near Mat- lock. Parent stock used there was seed from 15 superior wild trees which were fast-growing, straight and tall. The Denny Ahl Seed Orchard of the Forest Service on a 35-acre fenced site near Lake Cushman is now yielding excellent seed from parent trees which were high altitude Douglas firs. Scions from such stock have a better chance to sur- vive at the levels where most logging is now done than do those from lowland stock. Growing superior seed or seedlings and using them to restock timberlands is only part of the tree farming process. An essential element is thinning the stand. Dennie Ahl Seed Orchard, a U.S. Forest Se] ,ice project located 18 miles northwest of Shelton, is producing Douglas-f'n- seeds with an inherited potential for developing into fast-growing, excellently formed trees. It began in 1958 as a means of providing high quality seed to produce a superior tree of the future. Today it is producing such seed. The young trees that begin from these seed will provide future generations with trees that are faster growing, better shaped, and more able to serve man. Since 1958 the orchard has produced 1,398,000 seedlings which is enough to reforest the areas harvested annually in the Olympic National Forest. Initial results indicate seedlings originating from Dennie Ahl will produce 20 to 25 percent more volume per acre than natural stands under similar conditions. Virgil Allen, the seed orchardist, conducts many programs in order to produce his seed. Grafting of high quality scions to established root stock, controlled pollinations, insect control, fertilization and progeny testing are a few. Depending on the time of year and weather, one or more of these programs is being carried on each day. A self-guided interpretive trail is available for those wishing to learn more about the interesting business of producing seed and raising hybrid Douglas-fir trees. Personalized show-me trips can be arranged for interested groups by contacting the Shelton District Ranger, whose office is at 2904 Olympic Highway North. i;! puts Shelton in the forefront, with other progressive cities, for modern home building and industrial advantages. CORPORATION Dlatributora of Naturalga~ati~faction 106 W. Railroad The convenience of town living and the quiet seclu- sion of country living are combined at Riverside Mobile Park in Shelton. Among the attractions of the new mo- bile home site are underground utilities, blacktopped drive, carport patios, storage units, a new modern laundry room with automatic washers and dryers, street lighting, a pic- nic area and outdoor barbecue along the river. $30 a month includes city water, sewer and garbage service. You'll en- joy mobile home living here. 13th and Cota Sts. Your Hosts: Across the Bridge Mr. and Mrs. Paul Biqle BECAUSE THIS STAFF OFFERS YOU SKILLED ARTISTRY WITH SUPERIOR t "REDKEN" PRODUCTS, ANALYSIS OF PROBLEM HAIR Linda Pharris, Bernice Moorhead, Elaine Petzold, Jean Trotzer, Marti Whiting and Penni Peterson. Comp/ete & Ha/rp/ece Serv/ce Featuring Merle Norman Cosmetics 6th & IAUREt Closed Monday Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-53