The Nuttery : Volume 4 Number 5 November 1985

In this Issue...

Projects Report Meeting

The Communications Committee is pleased to announce the Chapter's 1985 Projects Report Meeting to be held on 27 Nov. 1985 at the Victoria Museum of Man on MacLeod St, Activity Room 50. Registration starts at 7:30 PM.

This is the first of the new annual Project Report Meetings, whose purpose is to discuss all the projects being undertaken in the Chapter. This is the time to ask questions and to get going on the projects that interest you. For more information, call Agnes MacIntosh, Ottawa 722-5338.

Upcoming Business

Part 2 of the nut tree bibliography will appear in the next issue's Technical Section. Also, there will be the regular features such as the recipe, and the last meeting's report.

The next Executive meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM at the Chair's abode. The deadline for the next Nuttery (vol.4 no.6) is Saturday, 14 December, 1985.

Report of the Fall Field Day

The Fall Field Day was held at the Dominion Arboretum. Ten members turned out on a lovely Saturday to learn to recognize the various species of nut trees present at the arboretum. Dick Bell, Convenor of the Survey SIG, hosted the trip. Though there were not black walnut seeds left, the oaks produced well this year, especially the reds and English oaks. Some of this seed was gathered. The ginkgo has a bumper crop of seed, but it was not yet ripe. It might be worth checking out now to see if there is still seed. Germinating ginkgo is apparently not easy, but the effort is worth it. The seed is edible, and you may have noticed that it has become a popular tree for city landscaping. Pat Doyle brought a diameter tape and a height meter which everyone dutifully tried. Both instruments could prove useful in future to the Survey SIG for their Inventree site surveys.

Peter Janas' nut tree site classification scheme was discussed. Everyone agreed that we need a brief manual on using the scheme to ensure that the classifications will be consistently assigned over the years. This is important if our Inventree data are to prove consistently useful in years to come. The field day turned out well and everyone learned new things about nut trees. Thanks to the Survey SIG for a grand day!

Gary Lincoff's Acorn Muffins

This recipe comes from Don Stalker (Ottawa 236-8163). The acorns, mixed types from various trees, must be shelled and leached of tannins by boiling in 10 changes of water for 15 minutes each water, then coarsely ground in a meat grinder.

1 cup ground acorn meal
1 cup wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt ¼ tsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 425°F. Sift together the dry ingredients. Mix together the egg, milk and melted butter. Combine all ingredients and mix well until smooth. Spoon the batter into well- buttered muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the tops crack or the edges pull away from the tin. Serve hot or cold with butter or wild jam. Try different spices each time for a variety of flavours.

SIG Project Highlights

The Silviculture SIG is now contemplating maintenance standards for eh Baxter Nut Grove, which was beautifully groomed for the SONG AGM in July. The question they face is what level of grooming should be maintained. A second nut grove project has been started by Irene Woolford, Winchester, in a 5 acre plot belonging to the South Nation Conservation Authority. She is interested in hearing from members who want to participate in the development of this new grove. For more information on Silviculture projects, call Irmi Underwood, Convenor, at Carp 839-5563.

The Nut Use SIG is moving ahead quickly on two projects. First, the group has published a bibliography of nut tree literature in the Technical Section of this Nuttery. This is only the beginning. They now want more information, and skilled help to index this material for future editions of the bibliography. Their other project will be to compile, test and publish a nuttery cookbook, to be sold at a modest price to help raise funds for the Chapter. Jean Giblin is preparing the cookbook plan now - call her with your ideas at Ottawa 727-5781. For more information on Nut Use projects, call Polly Sue Forrestall, Convenor, at Ottawa 233-5189.

The Survey SIG now have a draft scheme for classifying nut tree sites with respect to superior seed collecting. This exciting document was prepared for the Chapter by Peter Janas, Head, National Tree Seed Bank, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, who is also a Chapter member. Inventree will benefit immensely from having this new classification scheme. The group now needs to draft a users' manual for applying the scheme to Inventree. For more information in Survey projects, call Dick Bell, Convenor, at North Gower 489-2095.

The Horticulture SIG is repeating last year's fall stratification project at Baxter this year. George Truscott has donated about 500 lb of Black Walnuts for the project, burial slated for the 9th November. Also, Gordon MacArthur will soon be following up on last spring's massive seed distribution, for germination and growth data. For more information on Horticulture projects, call Alec Jones at Ottawa 828-6459.

For general information on Chapter projects, call Vice-Chair Jim Bartley at Wakefield 459 3597.

Seed Stratification This Fall

By the time you read this article, we will have stratified about 500 lb of Black Walnuts, compliments of George Truscott, at the Baxter Nut Grove, for distribution next spring. Also, Gordon MacArthur, at Clarence Creek 487-2201, is organising the collection of the data on last year's stratification project from nut seed recipients. He has prepared a questionnaire which will be mailed out to seed recipients soon. I hope you will be able to attend the forthcoming Project Report Meeting to ask questions and to join in on the various interesting and important projects the Horticulture SIG has going.

Alec Jones, Convenor, Horticulture SIG, Ottawa 828-6459.

Promotions Committee

The Promotions Committee, with the Chapter Secretary as its chair, is responsible for recruitment and membership services, and also for promoting the goals of SONG institutionally. There are many political, economic, social and environmental issues of interest to our Chapter, and this committee will help us understand them and express our point of view. We need to establish contact with all levels of government to voice our concerns on pollution, acid rain, the lack of hardwood (nut tree) policy, etc. We should be supporting researchers in universities to learn more about climate change, carbon dioxide, organic growing, the use of chemicals, etc. It is time for us to develop a program to deal with issues like these to complement and gain support for our growing technical efforts. For more information, and to put forward your ideas, call Paul Bender, Secretary, Ottawa 224-1102.

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