FORESTRY: Troubled Turpentiners

To the easygoing town of Valdosta on the edge of Georgia's great Okefenokee swamp one day last week went some 2,000 uneasy turpentiners & friends for the annual gathering of the American Turpentine Farmers Association Cooperative. Munching barbecued chicken carefully nurtured for the occasion, they saw Mary Newton, 17, a redheaded, brown-eyed Georgia Peach, crowned Miss Turpentine of 1940, stood by for the cutting of a virgin pine—symbol that a new turpentine year was on.

Because Englishmen in the 17th Century first exploited Southern pine forests for pine tar & pitch (for calking ships' hulls, tarring rope), pine products are...

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