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Mail Tribune 100, March 8, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

March 8, 1919


Homing pigeons will help protect the forests of the northwest from fire if experiments planned by the forest service result successfully.

In accordance with these plans, Forest Examiner W. J. Sproat, of Bend, Oregon, who has had considerable experience in handling the birds will take five pairs of carrier pigeons with him when he returns to Bend for experimental use on the Deschutes national forest. Forest Supervisor C. R. Seitz of Eugene, plans to carry on a series of similar experiments on the Cascade national forest. F. H. Bauers, president of the Homing Pigeon club of Portland has furnished some of the birds for these experiments.

Mr. Sproat believes that the birds can be used to good advantage for carrying messages, especially fire reports, between isolated points on the national forests and ranger stations, and thus supplement the telephone. They are expected to make communication possible when for any reason the telephone lines are out of commission.


There was 12 feet of soft snow at park headquarters at Crater Lake on March 1st, according to a letter received today by Alex Sparrow, the park supervisor, from H. E. Momyer, park ranger, and conditions then were so bad and had been with the stormy weather and snow that he had found it impossible to reach the lake in February. Last year on March 1st there was only 7 1/2 feet of snow at the headquarters, which indicates that there will be a later opening of the Crater Lake season this summer. The season was opened in 1918 on June 18.

Since March 1st, the date the letter was written, there has been much stormy weather in the Crater Lake territory and hence Mr. Sparrow figures that the depth of snow has been much increased. The maximum temperature for the month at the park headquarters was reported by Mr. Momyer as 35 1/2 degrees, the minimum as 24 degrees and the mean 28.

“I will go to the lake rim just as soon as the snow will bear me up” writes Mr. Momyer. “I cannot use skis at all and will have to use webs.”

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