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December 23, 1971

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KEEPING THE BEST Christmas trees for breeding stock, Dr. Richard Dingle, (left) research project leader, and Ralph Stewart, experimental aide, tag 450 Scotch pines at the Washington State University Southwestern Washington Research Unit in Vancouver for sale. The trees are marketed by a Vancouver Boy Scout troop in a lot on Highway 99. Dr. Dingle attaches a questionnaire to each tree so the buyer can give his opinion of the tree and so "we can accumulate information which growers need." lu ire rio ! =- Facility Lease MARY HILL equipped and shedding tears for Patti Gronseth and Pat Wells LAKE LIMERICK - A someone to do a lot of assisted in preparing the ~-year lease rent-free except for maintenance work onit. The refreshments. ' or the minimum required to Board had indicatedto the Mr. and Mrs. Ed (Barbara) tke it a legal transaction, plus Commissioners it would deed the Slagle drove to Seattle Saturday option of renewal on the same Maintenance Building to them to meet their newlywed daughter, ~is for two additional five-year with a no-rent ' lease-back" clause Susan and her husband, Michael ~tiods was voted volunteerso the Club could use part of the P. Kaika who were married Dec. Zrnen for continued use of Lake building for its equipment and 11 in Washington, D.C. where iraerick Country Club's shop until other facilities could be both are students at Gallaudet tintenance Building by theprovided. Present economic College. They expect to spend a Board of Trustees at conditions, plus other club part of their three-week 's regular monthly projects that have had to behoneymoon with the Slagles at postponed, led to Saturday stheir Lake Limerick home. The Board also voted to deed change in signals. The Lake Limerick Country the Commissioners of Mason Access to the main drag from Club was the scene of two holiday mty Fire Protection District 5 the Maintenance Building involves dinner parties Friday night. The property nearby on two turns - first onto Shamrock staff and escorts of the Shelton Andrews Drive for a futureDrive past golfers cars, then left Junior High School dined in the Station. The Trustees by or right onto Saint Andrewsballroom upstairs and the Pioneer 0tion also asked ExecutiveDrive. The new lot to be deeded is School teaching staff, with their etary Norm Schreck to advise at the northeast corner of the partners were in the meeting Fire Commissioners by letter Golf Course ninth hole. room adjacent to the restaurant. when funds are allocated theThe Lake Limerick CountryPrincipal-Superintendent Dick preference is for purchaseClub Architectural Committee Mariotti and his wife, Shari, were new )r newer Limerick met Sunday morning and approved hosts at their home on Bahnoral 4 fire truck before three sets of plans. One was for a Way to the 13 attending for a a or ;i fi s ion of a new Fire residence on the Division 2 golf pre-dinner social hour. ic here is undertaken, course lot of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ed Slagle of Connemora Way Limerick's Station 4was Ruth of Burien. Also approved took a day off from work Friday tted officially Feb. 11, 1971, was a garage at the residence of to balance and calibrate the r an annexation petition was Fred Starkey of Dartmoor Drive thermostats for the Lake !Proved by District 5's and a shed at the residence of Limerick clubhouse natural gas almissioners, certified by the Mr. and Mrs. Tony (Joanne) heating system. Thanks, Ed. It anty Auditor and approved by Paradise of Ballantrae Drive. really felt nice and warm there e M a s o n C o u n t y Mr. and Mrs. Floyd (Patsy) after you finished your volunteer almissioners. Prior to that, Jones of North St. Andrews Drive job. rnerick's then fledgling hosted a holiday party Friday Rudy and Larry Boettcherof tlnteers had been given training night for members of Lake Ballantrae Drive attended a 25th I mutual support by District Limerick's volunteer fire group, wedding anniversary party s t a t i o n s a t A 11 y n, Some of the guests arrived in their Saturday night at the Cosmopolis ~n-Benson Lakes and Victor'turnout" gear, just in case there Lion s Club. Larry, who is an old !er a "we'll help you, you help was a fire alarm during the friend of the couple, cooked the letter agreement. Passage last evening. Present were Capt. Glenn ham for the occasion. llth of a special one-year levy Robbins, Mr. and Mrs. AI (Patti) Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Doris) raise $160,000 from 1973 Gronseth, Larry Boettscher, Mrs. Roswold of Balmoral Way were in ~t e s w i 11 e n a b I e t he Pat Wells and children, Lewis and Bellingham Friday to attend the amissioners to strengthen and Sheila, district 5 fire chief and graduation of their son, Dennis, ate all four present stations, Mrs. Dick (Barbara) Knight of from Western Washington State creating three new fire Allyn, Mr. and Mrs. Tony College. ns. One will be West Mason(JoAnne) Paradise, Mr. and Mrs.Capt. Glenn Robbins of in the "old" part of the Roy (Peep) Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Tipperary Way will attend classes ct; the others at Timberlakes Ralph (Velma) Bennett and Mrs. in advanced medical training for Pioneer-Deer Creek in Run (Lois)Burke of Belfair, whose volunteer firemen in Bremerton -a~exed areas that give the husband is captain of the Victor beginning in January. The classes tee~ a total 100 square-mile Fire Station. The Burkes were old will be held two nights a week to protect with fire andfriends of the Jones when they and in his absence, Lt. A1 aid services, were both Bellevue residents. Mrs. Gronseth of North St. Andrews Limerick's Board had Burke came with the Knights Drive will be acting captain for Station 4 its 1924 Seagrave since her husband was out of Lake Limerick's volunteer fire truck, then only partlytown. unit. Santa says "The finest Christmas gift you can give... is a door mirror from Shelton Glass Co." FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! FRAMED MIRRORS CUT AS MUCH AS OFF DOOR MIRRORS ........ AS -OW AS $9.95 We Custom cut mirrors, to your specifications 2226 Olympic Hwy. N. For Fast Service Phone 426-1152 Leroy Dale, Owner iO ime Christmas tree research is time consuming, and for Dr. Richard W. Dingle it is life consuming. ''My Christmas tree experiment will not be completed in my lifetime," Dr. Dingle, Washington State University professor of forestry, says. "First of all, Christmas trees cannot be whipped up in a test tube in 10 minutes." It takes six to 12 years for a tree to reach the size nrost suitable for a Christmas tree. Since the WSU College of Agriculture ('hristmas tree research began in 1955, the Southwestern Washington Research Unit in Vancouver has had two crops of Scotch pine and one crop of Noble fir. "'We originally set out to find species of trees which were best suited for growing in southwest Washington, and still acceptable to the consumer," Dr. Dingle says. "A lot of trees are grown for ure "Do you have a soil monster in your yard?" That question is asked in the centerfold of a new brochure published jointly by the Washington State Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Christmas tree use with more and more being produced in Christmas tree plantations.'" Right now in Washington there are about 250 plantations or about 9,000 plantation acres. Kitsap, Lewis and Mason counties produce more Christmas trees than any other place in the nation, Dr. Dingle says. "In fact, the sale of Washington Christmas trees amounts to about S l0 million annually and is increasing," he adds. "About 75 per cent of our trees are sold in California and in other southwestern markets. "But con)petition from other regions is increasing, so Northwest growers had better start concentrating on producing high quality trees - not just the planting of more and more acres. Shearing, weed control and fertilization are used to provide improved Christmas tree form. shorter rotation periods, better IIs OU ignoring different soil characteristics are houses sliding down hillsides and enbankments - a not too uncommon thing in western Washington. Less spectacular is the home that has settled and cracked or twisted, creating uneven floors, color and consequently better profit margins. But to increase the quality, we need to develop a superior seed source for Christmas trees." So in 1965, Dr. Dingle revised his experiment, putting more emphasis on producing better seeds. Christmas tree growers grow trees to sell and not for seed, Dr. Dingle explains. They cut the best trees out of their crops for market, and then buy nrore seed for planting, which is just the opposite of good forest practice. Most of the seed used for Christmas trees is gathered in forests in Europe or in the United States, and this seed produced a wide variability an trees. At the Southwestern Washington Research Unit. the best trees are left growing. The past couple of years m June and December, Dr. Dingle graded the stand of Scotch pine at the oils problem-causing conditions: Install adequate drain tile: put down deep foundation footings; leave as much grass, brush and trees as possible, especially on sloping ground: construct terraces to slow runoff and install grass waterways to provide a protected research unit on color, growth rate, foliage density, insect i n fe s t a tion, disease formation, crown diameter and shape. Then early this month, those trees with the highest grades were saved to become parents and seed producers. The other trees were marketed in Vancouver. From about 700 original Scotch pine seedlings, Dr. Dingle has 25 remaining parent trees. Scions (branches) will be taken from each of the parent trees and grafted onto another root. Dr. Dingle hopes to grow 50 trees from each of the 25 parents. When the progeny go to seed, he will set up a selection program to grow only good seedlings. These will be his first seed orchards with the first Scotch pine seeds being produced in about 15 years. "'The trees in the seed orchards will be used for genetic crossing, controlled breeding and other experiments designed to produce better seeds," Dr. Dingle says. "'If we had seed orchards producing seeds, we wouldn't have to depend on some man in Spain picking up wild seeds for Spanish pine or fir. Growers would know what the seed is when they buy it. They always would be able to get good stock." Another aspect of Dr. Dingle's Christmas tree seed research is his "'introductions of introductions." l'rom superior parents of Spanish fir in the Sierra de los Nievas Mountains in the Malaga province (above Yunquera) in Spain. Then this year, Spanish fir seedlings were started in a greenhouse at the WSU Steffen Workcenter, Pullman, where all of Dr. Dingle's Christmas tree seedlings are started. Early this month, the six-month-old seedlings were taken to Vancouver where it may be five years before they are planted out, and about 25 years before a Spanish fir seed orchard exists. Dr. Dingle, who has grown his own Spanish fir, says the tree is less susceptible to the balsem woolly aphid which is a problem of true firs in the Northwest. "The Spanish fir has hard, sharp needles making it a good Christmas tree for bratty kids - they'll soon learn not to touch it," Dr. Dingle says laughingly. "But the branches are quite stiff and therefore can he decorated with anything. And it has a distinctive and beautiful form which kind of resembles a candlelabra "' Beside, Ihe Spanish fir and the Scotch pine, l)r. Dingle has a collection ,,I Austrian pine growing at the Vancouver research unit and the Pullman workcenter. He's looking forward to an Austrian pine seed orchard in about 20 years, or in lqt)O. It is aimed particularly at the soil doors and windows that won'toutlet channel for water. Besides refining and picking out and water problems of western open, and other damage. Almost any problem has a the outstanding, prime tree seed Washington, according to Don Homes built on unsuitable soil solution. Some solutions could be of the common Christmas tree H u r l b e r t, SCS Distric t or soil that has not been properly too expensive to warrant the varieties, he is checking out -r'-'xGIRL56OJ~I'/~w Conservationist, at Shelton.handled for building can lead to proposed use, Hurlbert said. different species which might~RSI Many city folks automatically water and sanitary problems, The first thing a home builder have desirable tree characteristics. think of soil as something of Hurlbert said. These include soils - individual or commercial - "My philosophy on this interest primarily for farmers, with high water table or tight, should do is find out what the Christmas tree seed thing is that who cultivate it and grow crops in clay soils through which water limitations and hazards of the soil growers would be better off if it. And, with the advice and can't permeate. In eithercase, the are. Many counties and some they used something that is assistance of soil and water water stands on the surface when cities have soil maps and different from their competition, conservation districts and SCS, the rains come. And if sewage interpretive material which which is wild trees," Dr. Dingle ~~ farmers have been learning to use disposal is handled with a septic indicate types of soil and says. T~ soil with a minimum of erosion tank, the effluent may surface limitations for use. More A variety that he thinks has and other problems, also - or contaminate wells which e x t e n s i v e m a p pi n g a n d possibilities is the Spanish fir, As the heading of the provide household water, interpretation may be needed, which is not used at all m the Christmas tree trade in this brochure says: "Soil - it's forOne way to avoid soil Perhaps a soil scientist or country. In 1969 whileon city folks, too!" The most problems is to avoid problemengineer should be consulted. .,,aadlBoylgoaml~dotoo-- spectacular examples of urban soils. Another is to take proer Usually the information and help sabbatical, Dr.Dingle collected Iowhynot YOU! builders and home owners s t e p s t o c o r r e c t t h e is available, Hurlbert said.three pounds of clean, pure seed - H.urry.! T,me ,s I getting Shortl Just clip this ad and 1 bring it with you to the store as a reminder and be sure t to che k the items you want and/or needi ! ! ! 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