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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHIRIDQE HERALD Tuesday, April 2, 1974 MMMCCDI24 26" Giant Screen (315 sq. in.) AccuColor-100 TV Handsome modern styling in a floor-hugging pedestal design swivel console with Avam-Qarde flair Cabinet of select hardwood solids console with choice of Contemporary or Tarditional Walnut veneers Walnut finished base 100% Solid State Modular AccuColor-100 ehasls Black Matrix screen with Perma Chrome AccuMatlc Color Control AccuTouch lighted push-button Tuning System AFT instant Pic Available with Remote Electronic Tuning System 2 yi. en and tuner S yr coverage on picture lube. 999.00 Save Clearing at '799 SERVICE 3rd Avenue South 1238 3rd S. Phone 327-5020 Trees, a very woody subject at best, have been a boon to people for centuries They have been used to transport, warm, clothe and shelter pcople_ And they were used to cook the first meal In later times, trees have been put to use for man to provide beautification in cities and weather protection on farms To this extent they take the form of street adornments in cities and shelterbelts on farms to keep winds from blocking yards with snow Two separate aclions, almost cost Southern Alberta residents both these benefits derived from trees Unsightly From the city point of view, a lack of knowledge of pruning or caring for tree growth could lead to unsightly streets in Lethbndge This observation was brought to The Herald's attention the other day by a couple of agriculturists who claimed city parks' crews, partly oui of necessity and partly out of ignorance, were creating a possible problem for city trees The necessity angle is covered by the actual number of trees in the city and the limited staff to prune the trees Because of the limited staff, they have to conduct a pruning program much longer than the ideal pruning period Because the incidence of disease is increased with the time spread between the act of pruning and the start of new growth in the spring, city crews which prune during the winter months are adding to the possibility of tree loss Also, there is a certain method to prune trees And We Stock Exchange ICar and Truck Motors! We can CUSTOM REBUILD Your Own Motor CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING CYLINDER REBORING CYLINDER HEAD RECONDITIONING For complete details contact: BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD. 10th Street South Phone 327-85871 or flu GARAGE or SERVICE STATION NEAREST YOUI Ric Swihart the agriculturists claim this method isn't followed as closely as it should For instance, all cuts should be made on a angle to keep moisture from collecting and causing a rotted area What happens, is the tree, in its attempt to live, grows around the rotted portion, leaving a weakened branch And in this windy country, that could be dangerous, say the agriculturists The advent of power lines running through city streets also means massive pruning of trees to protect the wires This is done in a general "butchering" style with branches up to four inches in diameter cut away to bare the wires Horticultural law says any branch more than one inch in diameter should be dressed, that is covered with paint or a wound dressing to protect the tree The city apparently doesn't agree This lack of protection for the trees can again cause disease Pilot project On the farm scene, the County of Lethbndge entered into a pilot project with the provincial government more than one year ago It was decided the county would institute a closely supervised land preparation and planting inspection before farmers could apply for free trees from the government to provide shelterbelts on farms The normal application deadline for trees was March 1 but because of the inspection program, the deadline was moved up to Nov 1 This would ensure that the inspections were done by government authorities and then the right number of trees could be ordered The reason was the time consuming inspection program The province then threw a monkey wrench into the works and moved the province-wide deadline back to Nov 1 negating the ordering advantage in the Lethbndge area This meant all the other municipal districts and counties had -to submit their orders for trees the same time as Lethbndge all on a first-come-first- served basis The result, because of a water flooding problem at the nursery and a higher- than-expected order for trees, was a shortage when the Lethbndge order was sent in The first indication was that Lethbndge area farmers would get only 16 per cent of the trees ordered After searching throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba, B C and Montana, enough trees were found to provide 86 per cent of all orders The only orders not filled were ornamental bushes, the type not essential for shelterbelts Substitute varieties were needed to fill some of the orders Weather problems not- with standing, I feel the government pulled a faux pas Why didn't it protect the pilot project and give the trees needed in the Lethbndge area to the farmers without all the hassle of searching throughout the entire wesf The pilot project should have been given top priority There were three other areas under the same pilot project and they faced the same problem If the government had protected the project, a better result of the test could have been obtained and the survival rate of the tree program throughout Alberta might have been enhanced, I wonder if farmers are going to participate in the program again, especially the ones in the Lethbndge area who went to the extra expense and time to meel the requirements ol government only to be foiled Plan ahead I feel it is up to th AMI PHONE 397.0491 ;