More history on the “Moon Seeds”
I did remember the
seedlings were brought to the
With the help of
Ted it is important for all to know, and I quote from him. "I remember
vividly the planting of the moon trees at the
"Stu jumped from Cave Junction,
capsule was opened on return to earth, the seeds were planted in a F.S.
nursery. When the trees became
transplantable, several were distributed.
Two went to Seth Jackson, retired National Forest figure. Dick Worthington, then Regional Forester,
spoke at the planting ceremony. I (Ted)
helped plant one (seedling) at the Cave Junction Jump Base in
Club Members, take time and dust away the cobwebs—I’m sure some of you remember additional and important history stories that need to be documented. Forest Service History is getting away from us fast. JUST DO IT!
Submitted by Florence J. Petersen, former secretary, treasurer and newsletter editor, Forest Service Thirty Year Club (Region 6 and PNW Station), with "sincere" thanks to Ted Schlapfer.
And from Tom Nygren, in an
email to Vern Clapp
a coincidence, you sending this article on the
A couple of weeks ago I went up to see Audrey Jackson Simmons, to re-certify her tree farm. She showed e the “scroll” on the wall, signed by Dick Worthington. She also told me that unfortunately, the trees had died since then.
A minor note, but I believe the astronaut’s last name was Roosa, not Rusa…Tom Nygren
And from “Stub” Stubblefield, also in an email to
That was an
interesting story from
I happen to have
attended the moon tree planting at Cave Junction Smoke Jumper Base that RF Ted mc’d. I drove up
from my District Ranger job at Somes Bar,
And from Charlie Newlon,
I remember the moon seeds. I shared an office in the WO with Glenn Kovar and he and FS geneticist Sam Kunkle had handled many of the arrangements with astronaut Roosa to make it possible for the seeds to go to the moon and back. I saw the stainless steel seed capsule or an exact companion of it.
A few years later I was able to
arrange to donate a resulting seedling to the SAF HQ in
When I tried to get a replacement from the Hoosier NF, who was overseeing the growing of the moon seedlings, I was told all had been distributed.
It would be interesting to know the whereabouts and condition of the other seedlings. Saplings?
An interesting spin-off of the moon
trip to be seen in
Please say Hi to Chuck,
Happy New Year
And still more from
I do believe that I stimulated some interest about the seeds that went to the Moon!
Thanks Vern, for printing my story and stimulating the resultant replies to date. BUT, the report on the death of the
My questions are: (1) How many other seedlings (trees) from the moon seeds are still living? (2) Where are they located? (3) Who is responsible for them now?
All the replies to date are great! (I even got a long E-mail from friend Charlie Newlon in
An after thought. There is a local T.V. commentator named Ray Summers (sp) who may be interested in doing a story on trees from seeds that went to the moon. Chuck and I enjoy his stories from time to time. (Either channel. 6 or 8?).