1982 Annual Meeting Review
The 10th annual meeting of SONG got under way at 12:00 noon, July 31, 1982 at the Woodend Conservation area of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. Activity started with a picnic lunch. The president, Roy Metcalfe started the annual business meeting at 1:00 p.m. Francis Goldring gave a brief introduction to the Conservation Authority and explained the special background of the Woodend property which is a gorgeous area perched as it is on the northern brink of the Niagara Escarpment and overlooking St. Catharines.
The secretary's report was delivered by Bob Hambleton. The treasurer's report was deferred to the fall, 1982 meeting.
The University of Guelph has asked SONG's advisory assistance to establish a new nut tree collection on a site consisting of 3 - 4 acres. It was decided that SONG will participate in this new creation and the executive will follow up on the details.
The Ontario Forestry Association asked for SONG's input concerning the nomination of a "provincial tree" for Ontario. Roy Metcalfe will develop a reply for the Association.
Roy Metcalfe reported on the progress at the Orangeville nut grove planting of the Credit River Conservation Authority. Roy will submit a more detailed report for a future SONG News.
Doug Campbell reported on the progress of the Essex Region Conservation Authority's nut planting. The pecans and hickories are doing the best at that location.
Ron Wakeling reported that the London group as co-ordinated by Don Kernaghan is making good progress grafting Persian walnuts on black walnut rootstock.
It was reported that the Stoney Point Nut Grove Planting of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority is coming along well. The best item at that location is the hazelbert.
Joyce Branston indicated that the nut grove planting at the Taquanyah Nature Centre of the Grand River Conservation Authority is progressing satisfactorily, Although the Chinese chestnuts have done poorly there, the American chestnuts are doing very well.
The Nominating Committee's report, given by Ron Wakeling for the positions for 1982-83 was
President - Glen Sandham
Vice President - Alex Mosseler
Secretary - Bob Hambleton
Treasurer - Joyce McEwan
Editor - Douglas Campbell
Auditor - Joyce Branston
The nominees were placed in office by acclamation. The new Nominating Committee consists of: Roy Metcalfe - Chairman, Lowell Eller, Oscar Filman.
The publication of the directors as required by constitution or as nominated by the president will be completed in a future edition.
Letters to The Editor
Our grade 8 class at Anderdon Public School is planning on planting a grove of nut trees in our
area. We are seeking information on how to obtain seeds or seedlings as well as cultural details.
We are interested in walnuts, hickories, pinenut, pecan, sweet chestnut, hazelnut and
miscellaneous types. Our soils range from clay loam to sandy loam to marshy areas.
Grade 8 Class, Anderdon Public School, R.R.#4, Amherstburg ON N9V 2Y9
Here is a report on the nut grove progress at the Taquanyah Nature Centre, just west of Cayuga,
that SONG members helped to plant on April 18, 1981.
As of August 10, 1982:
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
These 5 trees are the best in the grove with the tallest being over nine feet. Also, four of the five have burs with 10 burs the maximum on one tree.
Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima)
Of the 10 trees planted, some are as small as 1% feet with two dead and another has a new shoot from the ground but the original growth is dead.
Heartnut (Juglans ailanthifolia cordiformis)
Ten trees were planted with one now dead and another has a new ground shoot but last year's growth is dead. Another is partly covered with tent caterpillars. One heartnut that is about four feet tall has one nut on it.
Black walnut (Juglans nigra)
Of the 9 trees planted, one is dead and the tallest is about 9-1/2 feet. One special note about the black walnuts is that all the growth is concentrated on the east side of the trees' trunks.
Persian walnut (Juglans regia)
Eleven trees that range in height from 3-1/2 feet to 6 feet.
Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
Of the 10 trees planted, one has only a new ground shoot and all of them have poor leaves.
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
The butternuts have the poorest record; of the ten planted, 2 are dead, 3 are dead except for new ground shoots, and another is dead at the top. One bright note is that one butternut which measures about 4 feet has a nut.
Northern pecan (Carya illinoensis)
There are nine trees with the tallest about 7 feet.
Filbert (Corylus avellana)
Forty-four bushes are thriving with the tallest at 5-1/2 feet. Generally, the planting looks very promising and it is being well looked after.
Joyce Branston, R.R.#7, Dunnville ON N1A 2W6
P.S. If any members are interested in selling nuts, a Dunnville bulk store would be interested in hearing from them at: Country Kitchen, 115 Lock Street East, telephone 416-774-8515. This year's harvest doesn't look too good but maybe this would be worth noting in the future.
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