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Mogens Lief Anderson - A tribute to a man who loved trees

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Mogens Lief Anderson - A tribute to a man who loved trees

Moe Anderson Moe Anderson was born 1928 in Fakse Ladeplads, Denmark. After completing high school, he studied at the Asmild Kloster forestry school where, after an interruption for compulsory military service, he graduated in 1953, then came to Canada. He joined the Canadian Forestry Service in 1962, and in 1968 was assigned to the Central Research Forest in Ottawa.

There he began the work for which he is so respected by ECSONG members, studying seed tree populations within a 100 mile radius of Ottawa with respect to site specificity, seed maturation, stratification and germination methods. The site covers 385 ha with plantations of 52 species, most native to the area and selected by Moe.

In 1979, Forestry Canada decided that our forestry future lay in our north, and closed the CRF project. Almost the only surviving records of the work done are those Moe preserved: his hand drawn maps, personal notebooks and photographs, and above all else, detailed professional memories. He gave his maps to the NCC, who entered them in their GIS, where they remain and formed the source of the maps on the ECSONG CRF website. The unplanted seedlings grown under his direction were mostly given to ECSONG for planting in the Baxter Conservation Area.

Moe moved to the Petawawa National Forestry Institute and continued his work with trees until his retirement in 1991, but remained a member of ECSONG. His first retirement project was to interest Mark Schaefer, RPF and ECSONG vice-president in the value of the abandoned CRF plantations - this led to ECSONG formally adopting them. I became their coordinator in 1999 and began scientific studies on the lessons that could be learned from Moe's work there. However, the first thing I did was to persuade the National Capital Commission to name one of the most successful plantations, the red oaks at the edge of Anderson Road, in honour of Moe. This was formally done on 20 May 2000.

Moe continued visiting to offer advice and help until the devastating progress of Parkinson's Disease constrained his love of trees to his back yard in Pembroke. Although he has now left us, his advice as a forester and his warmth as a friend will remain in the hearts of all who knew him.

John Sankey