An experimental forestry research nursery in Aurora, Oregon, is one of several scientific research establishments in the United States which are tackling the problem of how to grown more trees faster.
CU & SV Seedlings being sprayed in greenhouse
LV Seedlings growing
CU Bob Smith (Manager) lifting seedling and showing it to reporter (2 shots)
CU Smith speaking
CU & SV Automatic sprinklers over seedings (2 shots)
SV Man sprays seedling in greenhouse (3 shots)
CU Manager and reporter look at seedling sample container
GV Seedlings growing in nursery (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Scientists in the forest products industry are really concerned with one question -- how to grow more trees faster. Bob Smith, manager of a wood nursery, says that by planting tree seeds in containers, a seedling is ready for transplanting on forest land in half the time normally required."
SEQ. 4: SMITH: "We have shortened the growing season by about a half; we have increased our efficiency in planting by fifteen to twenty per cent, and in some cases we've increased our survival by fifteen to twenty per cent. And after all we've had some pretty nice plusses when we've talking about several milk on trees or say a hundred thousand acres".
REPORTER: "Seedlings in this nursery are given particular cars. Watered and fed through self-propelled sprinkler systems, and cooled with automatically controlled fans. But the big break through in genetic research -- trees from tissue culture -- is still ahead. Smith admits that he and other forestry geneticists don't know exactly how must they can increase yield with container nurseries like this one. But with advances still to come, he promises the increases will be substantial. This is Dean Jones, in Aurora, Oregon".
Initials BB/1920 NPJ/MR/BB/1830
This film is serviced with a sound commentary by TVN reporter, Dean Jones, and interview with Mr. Bob Smith. A transcript of both is provided on page two.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: An experimental forestry research nursery in Aurora, Oregon, is one of several scientific research establishments in the United States which are tackling the problem of how to grown more trees faster. The method THE Aurora nursery is investigating involves planting tree seeds in containers, and then cultivating them under glass until they are ready to be planted.
The manager of the wood nursery, Mr. Bob Smith, says that by planting tree seeds in containers, a seedling is ready for transplanting on forest land in half the time normally required. He says the growing season is cut by half, and the survival rate has increased by between fifteen and twenty per cent. The nursery's efficiency in planting has also improved by about fifteen to twenty per cent.
Mr. Smith points out that these are really worthwhile improvements when talking about several million trees covering perhaps a hundred thousand acres.
The nursery has been equipped with self-propelled sprinkler systems, and the seedlings are cooled inside the glass-houses by automatically controlled fans.
Mr. Smith admits that he and other forestry geneticists still do not know exactly how much they can increase yield by using container nurseries, but they are confident that they will be able to make other advances and the increases should be substantial.