Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Trees & USDA Anniversary

Yesterday, I wrote about the Yellow Maple at the Golf Course and today have a picture of it. The tree is located just a few feet off the #5 green. It's trunk isn't as large as appears because of a split plastic hose around the trunk to protect it from weedeaters. We look forward  to most trees taking on beautiful fall colors and this tree is as pretty now as it's every going to be. You miss out on all the anticipation. And, with a lot of things in life, the anticipation is more exciting and pleasurable than the achievement. On a more mundane note, the dead trees in the background are the victim of the Pine Bark Beetle. They are part of one of the many Shelterbelts that were planted by USDA in the late 1930's. It was on this very day 150 years ago that President Lincoln established the Department of Agriculture. I became an employee of the Agency in 1948 and son Jon continues the family tradition. I have known some 3 generation families and wonder what the record may be.

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