The Nuttery : Volume 3 Number 4 September 1984

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Fall Field Day 1984

Prospect of a Bumper Crop for
Fall Field Day 1984

Saturday 19 Sept 1984
Sponsored by the Survey SIG C.Ross, Convenor

Meet at 9:30 AM at Vincent Massey Park, Heron Road parking lot (for the picnic area).

Do arrive on time, because after a few minutes of instruction, we will divide into small groups and drive to good nut tree sites in different parts of town (possibly one or two out of town) to collect nuts and info on parent trees.

But if you miss us at Vincent Massey, then, take heart - we'll be back by 1:00 PM for picnic , followed by seed exchange . (Between 10:30 and 12:30 you'd be quite likely to run into some of us at good sites such as Lemieux Island and the Arboretum.)

Those of you who have nut crops in your area, please bring all you can, with seed from each tree bagged separately and with good enough info on a card inside the bag to locate the parent tree, plus your name, phone number and the collection date.

All - bring pens/pencils and containers (e.g. plastic bags - some large ones - and ties) for nuts, also tree shakers and nut pickers if you have them.

And bring a picnic ! (Barbeque facilities and tables available). Come out rain or shine - if rain, wear rain gear for collecting and we'll eat under the picnic shelter at the park.

Hank says it may well be the best crop until the end of the century; in any case, it's the first time we have seen full northern pecans. We hope to get nuts for a variety of uses, though planting comes first.

P.S. This is the time to fill out the Inventree cards you've been meaning to (or just an index card with type of tree, location, your name and phone number) and bring them to save postage.

See you there!

Report on the Summer Field Day

Silviculture SIG, L. Harrison, Convenor

Eleven members enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Petawawa National Forestry Institute on 25 Aug. 1984. Our hosts for the day were Dr. Gordon Murray of the Tree Improvement Research Project, and Mr. Peter Janas of the National Tree Seed Center. Both projects come under the Intensive Forest Management Program. Our hosts gave us an overview of the institute's work, which includes five research and remote sensing programs, and compilation and analysis of national statistics on forest production and trade. This briefing was given in the fine new Visitor's Information Center on Highway 17, open to the public every day.

The rest of the morning was directed to discussion of genetic research in the Tree Improvement project, and to examination of the many experimental plots, in which the trees illustrated the results of the work and helped us understand its thrust. White spruce, jack pine, and scotch pine are the species mainly used. We then lunched at the Nursery, subsequently viewing controlled production of coniferous rootstock and development of young trees that had been bench-grafted last winter. We also saw nursery work on alder, which some think might rival hybrid poplar.

In the afternoon, we visited the Tree Seed Center and saw the drying, extraction, clean-up and storage facilities. We then went to the labs to see the germination testing facilities. This whole endeavour is vital to the overall research effort, providing the essential starting material for the Forestry Service programs and associated work in the provinces, universities and industry. The Center also provides experimental lots to many other countries. It invites cooperation from many sources, and would welcome ours. Arrangements have been made to start this process. Much useful advice and reports were given to us.

SONG's gratitude was expressed to our hosts personally, for having given up Saturday to us, and to the institute for allowing us to visit, which we hope is the beginning of a long and fruitful association.

Alec Jones

New Members

The Executive takes pleasure in welcoming the following persons who have become members of the Chapter since June: Peter S. Janas of Chalk River, Joe Ledbetter of Picton, Stan and Liska Jetchick of Merrickville, Ian Macdonald of Carp, Art and Jane Conn of Winchester. A warm invitation is extended to them to join in any of the Special Interest Groups and we look forward to meeting them at the next field day to be held on the 29th of September.

A Word or Two of Encouragement

For those who have volunteered in the past, and those who think they might soon, "Fantasy Island" is reprinted from the Ontario Forestry News.

Many will be shocked to find
When the day of judgement nears
That there's a special place in Heaven
Set aside for volunteers.
Furnished with big recliners,
Satin couches and footstools,
Where there's no Committee Chair
No group leaders or car pools,
No eager team that needs a coach
No bazaar and no bake sale,
There will be nothing to staple
Not one things to fold or mail,
Telephone lists will be outlawed,
But a finger-snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners,
And rare treats fit for a king.
You ask, who'll serve these privileged few
And work for all they're worth?
Why, all those who reaped the benefits,
and Not Once volunteered on earth!

There are many small and some big jobs to be done. Talk to the convenors of the SIGs, any member of the executive, or to the chair, who never disappoints a volunteer!

Danish Drops

With our Winter Meeting in view, featuring the usual abundance of delicious goodies, we are including two recipes in this issue, both from the renowned kitchen of Muriel Park. The first calls for butternuts:

 cup butter
 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup flour

Shape in small balls and roll in egg white then in chopped butternuts. Make an impression with thimble in center of cookie before putting in 350F oven, and again five minutes later. Fill with jelly before serving.

Frying Pan Cookies

The second recipe uses walnuts:

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dates, cut small
2 cup crispy rice cereal
 cup walnuts

Grease frying pan with butter and put first three ingredients in. Stir until it comes away from pan. Add rice cereal and walnuts. When cool, roll in nuts or coconut.

Notes from the Editor

The Nuttery is sent out on three mailing lists. First is the regular members list. Second, prospective members receive three free issues while they decide about joining. Lastly, complimentary copies go to people who can help us achieve our goals. We mail about 60 copies per issue, and this number is increasing quickly!

The Nuttery needs more good technical material. In keeping with our policy of publishing the contributions of our members, this is where we must turn for such material. Articles on the basics of Nutology are wanted. May we suggest some topics?

Undoubtedly, many more topics will come to mind readily. If you see a topic you would like to research in the list above, or have an idea of your own, Please consider the Nuttery as your first choice publisher! The chair, Hank Jones, wants to discuss any and all ideas with you. Call him at 731-5237 in Ottawa, evenings.

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