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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, January 13, 1975 cover Fence! ine cover Road bed Deep di ten fiI led wi th grass and brush. Field belt Land use practices on roadsides important to pheasants OLD STYLE COUNTRY ROAD Fenceline cover gone due to overgrazing, burning or spraying. Road bed Shallow ditch, frequently mowed or sprayed to eliminate cover. Field shelter belt removed to expand cropland. MODERN COUNTRY ROAD deserve a retirement savings plan. could use a tax deduction. You work hard and you should be getting some of the breaks you should be getting a tax deduction. You should also be putting money away for your future because, let's face it, you're not going to be able to work forever. What you can do about it. What you need is a retirement savings plan something you put aside every year- that also gets you a tax deduction. Royal Trust makes it easy. Royal Trust has a new system that makes having a retirement savings plan easy. You put away as much as you want, whenever you want. Either a lump sum or so much a week, so much a month, just like a savings account. You probably won't even notice it, but it'll build up. You'll have money put away for your future and a tax deduction each and every year you contribute. And we'll go one step further. We'll lend you the money. Decide what you want. We can help you. Retirement Savings Plan. 1 Royal Trust 740 4th Ave. South, Lethbridge, Alberta 328-5516 By DENNIS McBONALD Alberta Fish and Wildlife Suitable nesting areas for pheasants arc dwindling at an alarming rate. Road allowances often provide in- valuable nesting cover for pheasants. Studies in the United States indicate that in some areas they contribute up to 30% of the total yearly production of pheasants. When one compares the total land area involved to the percentage of pheasant production in the area, it is clear that land use practices affecting cover on roadside is of paramount importance to pheasants. The potential of roadsides for wildlife was realized in the past. Roadsides were so attractive to pheasants that many of our pheasant popula- tion census techniques were carried out on roadsides. Pheasants frequent roadsides in their search for grit and during certain time periods are easily observed. Brood surveys and winter sex ratio surveys are two means of tak- ing advantage of road attrac- tiveness to pheasants for determining population levels. In recent decades, roadside conditions for wildlife have undergone a steady and progressive decline. This decline began with rural centralization of the educa- tion system. Roadside cover was removed to prevent ex- cessive snow drifting across roads thereby allowing easier passage of school buses. Further impetus for phea- sant habitat removal on road- sides has come from weed control programs. Many country roads have been backsloped along adjacent shoulders so that mowing machinery can operate along them to control weeds and brush. Backsloping of road allowances has had a very significant effect on pheasant habitat destruction. Before the backsloping program began, roadside ditches provided a moisture regime capable of supporting cattails, shrubs and cool season grasses. Onee roads were backsloped, the growth of these plants was severely hindered. Now these areas are hayed regularly, grazed by livestock in some in- stances, cultivated to the road edge. Eighty per cent of the road- sides in the Lethbridge country have already been backsloped since the program began 10 years ago and future habitat destruction on the remaining 20% seems eminent. Removal of telephone poles along some country roads and their replacement with buried cables often leads to habitat losses. Formerly, mowing equipment could not operate efficiently around telephone poles so good patches of cover remained undisturbed around them. Once the poles are replaced by underground cables, mowing machinery can operate unhindered along the roadside ditch and phea- sant habitat is lost in the process. Tremendous potential for habitat retention and im- provement oyer a large area can be seen when one con- siders the amount of land in roadside right of ways and along railroad tracks. Within the county of Lethbridge alone are approx- imately acres.In right of ways these include miles of improved district roads and 500 miles of un- improved road allowances, all 66 feet wide; 131 miles of secondary highways with 100- 400 foot wide right of ways: 108 miles of primary highways on similar sized right of ways and over 100 miles of railway. Probably only half of these areas are occupied by roads or railways themselves. The remaining land could potentially be developed to support wildlife habitat. If the areas were left as un- disturbed as possible, they would again provide a vital link in the production of pheasants. To achieve this ob- jective, certain changes in land use would be necessary. Mowing should be confined to a time period after June and should include only the area immediately adjacent to the roadsides. Total destruction of cover over the full width of the right of ways seems un- necessary. Chemical spraying should be very closely con- trolled and confined to only the problem areas. Agricultural practices such as mowing, grazing, burning and cultivation should be eliminated on all publicly owned land along roadsides, railways and highways where suitable areas should be planted to an appropriate alfalfa-brome mixture to provide nesting cover for pheasants. To restore good habitat con- ditions for pheasants in southern Alberta, public land along roadsides as well as private land on farms and along railroads will have to be managed differently than at present. Next week: Pheasants and Wetland Drainage. CAREERS TEXACO CANADA LTD. requires LESSEE-DEALER For fully modern city service station. On main traffic route. Excellent potential. Phone 327-2762 Skull found in forest likely not of hijacker OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) A human skull found in the Mount Hood National Forest has been examined to see whether it might belong to a skydiving hijacker known as Dan Cooper, but authorities say it is highly unlikely it is that of Cooper. Dr. Larry Lewman, deputy Oregon medical examiner, said today the skull appears to be that ot a white male in his 30s. The man identified as Cooper was believed to be in his late 40s or early 50s. The FBI said the flight pat- tern and winds the night of the hijacking more than three years ago also make it im- probable that the skull is that of the skyjacker. A man using the name Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Airlines jet Nov. 24, 1971. PLANT ENGINEER required by CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES CO. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Excellent opportunity for a graduate engineer with 3 to 5 years experience. This position offers exceptional challenge and above average opportunity for ad- vancement. Successful applicant shall be qualified for membership in the association of professional engineers, geologists and goephysicists of Alberta. Salary shall be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For further information, contact: Mr. C. P. West CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES CO. P.O. Box 430, Lethbridge Phone 328-4481 MALL Centre Village Merchants are moving their stockrooms out into the mall this week for a SAVINGS AT ALL STORES IN Centre Village 'The Mall that has it all9 OPEN TUESDAY 8 p.m. WED., THURS. FRIDAY UNTIL p.m. REWARD SHOES JANUARY CLEARANCE A selection of BOYS' SHOES and DRESS BOOTS Clearing at S3 ALL WINTER BOOTS AT SPECIAL CLEARANCE PRICES) RILEY JANUARY Ladies' Black Patent DRESS PUMPS SANDALS By St. George Regular 19.99 Sale Price 12 Men's 2 Tone SHOES Brown and cream, blue and cream, brown and white, and blue and white. Clearing at 1497 REWARD SHOES Centre Village Mall, Lethbridge PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLY. ALL SALES STRICTLY FINAL. DON QUIXOTE WESTERN BOOTS Men's and-Ladies'. to GROUP 1 Sale Price GROUP 2 Sale Price M5 1 Table of Assorted JEANS SLACKS SHIRTS Plus other items. Reg. values to 19.95 While they last 124 MEN'S WESTERN FELT HATS By Bailey and SmithbiH. Assorted creases and colors. Reg. to Sale Price plus many other unadvertised Specialsl RILEY OR REFUNDS. Lethbridge's leading Western Store Centre Village Mall Phone 328-5044 '15 Chargex Master Charge American Express Diner's Club ;