Arlesheim, Basel-Landschaft (BL), Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter;
Kodak Ektar 125 (Kodak 5101 | Ektar 125-1) 36-exposure colour negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1991

Monday, October 29, 2012

One Million Trees Planted in 1964!

Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg planting his millionth seedling somewhere on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada sometime in 1964

This was a publicity photograph for British Columbia Forest Service. My father started his career as a tree planter for BCFP (British Columbia Forest Products Limited) in the Nitinat area on Vancouver Island, B.C. on April 2, 1956, for a short time resided at 1362 Comox St. in Vancouver, B.C. in January 1959 during a seasonal lay-off due to winter weather conditions, and then was based at the Harris Creek Logging Camp near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada on February 11, 1959. In the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s Uwe and his crew planted in the areas of Nitinat, Port Renfrew, Jordan River, China Creek, Koksilah, Kennedy Lake, Ucluelet, Tofino, Englishman River near Parksville, Caycuse, Mesachie Lake, Cowichan Lake, and Knight Inlet, while we lived first in Lake Cowichan and then Honeymoon Bay and later in Koksilah just south of Duncan, all on Vancouver Island. Unofficially, father holds the world record for the most trees planted by one person, over 2.5 million trees in twenty-seven years (Guinness Book of World Records), but Guinness did not have a category or the space for this, was apparently their written response to a query by BCFP. Uwe retired from the company in the fall of 1983.