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50th  Anniversary  of Forestry Commission
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No: 3243   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1969
50th Anniversary of Forestry Commission

The photograph is courtesy of Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District and staff at their Fort Augustus office.

A series of photographs taken of a well turned out display in a hall possibly near Glenmore Forest Park (Queen’s Forest) celebrating the first 50 years of the Forestry Commission.

The sections of the display highlight the role of the Forestry Commission into research and assistance to private woodland owners. The first panel focussing in on Climate and in particular wind and its effects on the forests. There is an example of a wind tatter flag used to estimate exposure levels at various points and elevations in upland areas where forests were planned.

The panel headed Tree Growth appears to home in on the origins of the exotic tree species from western Canada and America used in the planting of the forests and in particular the variations or provenances of a species chosen to meet special and difficult conditions in Scotland’s hills and glens.

The Genetics panel highlights the role of Forest Research in improving the quality and growth rates of existing trees growing well in this country. It highlights the process of selecting and recording ‘plus trees’ in any species and from this stock using grafts or controlled pollination to grow on trees with improved traits which are then subjected to extensive and long term field testing. In the foreground is a pine tree with its female flowers covered with sealed plastic tubes to enable selected male pollen only to be administered.

The panels on Insects and Private Wood are difficult to read.

Note the offer to visitors to visit demonstrations of forest operations at Culloden, Inchnacardoch, Queens and Leanachan Forests. The author was involved in setting up picnic sites, forest walk trails and harvesting demonstration sites at Leanachan. It did involve several weeks of work, including building a long wooden bridge over the Lundy burn and then on selected days running minibus loads of people up to view felling and winch extraction at close hand.
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