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

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ONE LONE FISHERMAN has all outdoors all to himself beside the still waters of the Satsop Lakes in Olympic National Forest. THREE VISITORS from Pennsylvania are suitably imoressed by this Douglas-fir,, scaling 74 inches at the butt and grossing 9,410 board feet, which was felled in the Wynoochee Dam construction site four miles north of Camp Grisdale. Page S-52- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 The Shelton Ranger District of Olympic National Forest comprises 135,438 acres in northwest Mason and northeastern Grays Harbor counties. The District lies between the Olympic National Park and the private timber lands of the lower elevations. Like the location, the management of these lands is also in between the objectives of the National Park and that of private ownership. All resources are to be utilized on a sustaining basis, as well as maintain the land's productivity and other forest values. The Shelton District is unique in that it is the only ranger district in the United States which is involved in a Cooperative Sustaine l Yield Unit. The Cooperator is Simpson Timber Company of Shelton. The Cooperative Agreement was consumated December 12, 1946 and will run for a 100 year period. The agreement puts together the ownership of the Company and that portion of the Shelton Ranger District not committed to the Satsop Timber Sale of December 10, 1929, as one operating unit known as the Shelton Cooperative Sustained Yield Unit. The basic purpose of the agreement was to provide a continuous timber supply to the installed plant capacity of Shelton and McCleary or a 10 mile radius thereof. The 230,000 acres of Simpson land within the Cooperative Sustained Yield Unit is primarily second growth timber. The National Forest lands are primarily old growth timber. These public owned lands within the Cooperative Unit provide approximately 80% of the wood resource used by Simpson's plants. Users and visitors to Shelton Ranger District are as varied as the forest enjoyments they seek. The k, ggers and construction people who derive their living from the forest come from Shelton, Olympia, Montesano, Aberdeen and rural areas of Mason and Grays Harbor counties. The hunters, fishermen, hikers, photographers and other forest visitors come not only from these same communities, but from all the Puget Sound area as well as all parts of the nation. Under the Multiple Use Management concept, the land managers of Shelton District are providing goods and services for the American people at a level that can be sustained forever. Forest service "helitack" crews operating from helicopters put into service last year play an important part in the cooperative fire suppression organization by which federal, state, and private timber owners protect all timberlands. In providing the greatest good for the most people in the long run, timber is the key use on the District, but by all means not the only use. More than 20% of the District is in management units giving resources 6ther than timber the top priority. Four of these areas, totaling 13,380 acres, are landscape management units where scenery and recreation are key values. Seven other special management units, totaling 12,254 acres, give history, wildlife, geology, soils, water and recreation the highest priority. Persons interested in further explanation of the management of Shelton Ranger District are invited to contact Ranger Robert L. Barstad at district headquarters, 2904 Olympic Highway North, Shelton. He will be glad to pass on the thoughts, policies, and laws relating to management of this portion of "Your National Forest". Please keep our forests Clean and Green! There's fun to be had.., things to do... discoveries to be made., at Tacoma City Light's "Scenic Storehouses of Power." Pleasant beaches, interesting coves and inlets, scenic drives, rustic hiking trails, boating, picnicking, water sports. Tacoma City Light has provided hundreds of acres of land for parks, campgrounds and visitors' facilities. To preserve fine fishing for today and tomorrow, we have built modern hatcheries and fish protection facilities. VISIT OUR "Scenic Storehouses of Power." Yours to visit and enjoy- more than twenty thousand acres of water wonderland ... some developed with fine recreational areas, some left undisturbed to reward the exploring spirit and to share with the deer, elk and beaver. Just as we have always combined recreation with water power, at our future sources of electric energy--nuclear power plants- we will continue to give prime consid- eration and concern to enhancing your recreational environment. LIGHT . J Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-41