April 4, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Mr. OLIVER: (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)


1. No effort was made in 1906 and 1907. In the spring of 1908 a small experimental sowing of several species was made. In the spring of 1909 a small nursery bed was made, where seed of white spruce and jackpine gathered in the previous fall by fofest rangers in Manitoba was sown.
2. None in 1906 and 1907. One man in
1908, two in 1909.
3. C. A. Walkinshaw, the forest ranger-in charge of the reserve. Salary $100 per month. Time in 1908 not given. Seventeen days in 1909. John Lemon, 17 days in 1909 at $2 per day.
4. The persons employed on the reserve
for fire ranging, cutting fire guards and timber inspecting are as follows: 1906,
George Maddas. $2; Wm. Maddas, $2; Chas. Calder, $3; J. Reul, $2; D. McIntyre, $4; John Toles, $23; John Hamilton, $321. 1907, Wm. Pitt, $140; David
Davidson, $96. 1908, Wm. Turner, $198;
Wm. Pitt, $52; David Davidson, $252.50; Thos. Scott, $151; L. Racine, $24; John Lemon, $214. 1909, John Lemon, $377.50;
Louis Racine, $37.
5. The seed of all the species sown in
1908 germinated, but it did best in places partly sheltered and not so well in more open spots. The last report for the year
1909 from the forest ranger in charge of the reserve states that on inspecting the place sown he found numerous green heads in the grass which were looking in good condition. A count of the trees was.not made to determine the actual number.
A small nursery was started in the spring of 1909 with seed of white spruce and jackpine which had been collected by th*
forest rangers in Manitoba in the fall of 1908. The seed germinated well, but the plants did not survive satisfactorily owing the extreme heat and dry weather, and to the fact that the forest ranger's services being required elsewhere, he could not give them thorough care. The seed sown in the grass did not germinate, probably owing to the heat and dry weather.

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