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Indian Mound and the Pines

Texas Forest Service

Sound | 1946

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  •  Dave learns about pollen (Pine Dust) 
  •  The Mound Builders 
  •  1940: Texas Forest Service establishes the Indian Mound Nursery 
  •  The pine cone planting process 
  •  Dave orders his own seedlings 
  •  Dave plants his own field 
  •  Dave visits a pine forest 
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This semi-narrative film, directed by Larry Jene Fisher, presented by the Texas Forest Service follows a boy named Dave as he questions his father about pollen and pine seedlings. Along with Dave, the viewer learns about the history and modern operations of the Indian Mound Nursery in Alto, Texas. After his lesson about the nursery, Dave purchases pine seedlings and learns how to plant and care for them on his own patch of land. The legend of the Indian Mound Nursery originated from mound-building Native American tribes of East Texas and is described in the film.

Established as a result of the organization of the Texas Forest Association in 1914 and the forestry law passed by the Texas legislature in 1915 the Texas Forest Service is directed by a state forester appointed by the board of directors of Texas A&M College. When it was founded, the objectives of the Texas Forest Service were to persuade and aid private owners of forest land in practicing forestry and converting submarginal agricultural lands to productive forests; to protect private forest lands against forest wildfires, insects, and disease; to inform the public of the contribution that forests, a renewable natural resource, make to the economy of the state; to educate Texans in uses and abuses of forest products; and to assist forest products industries in developing new products and improving production techniques. Currently, the Texas Forest Service's mission focuses on providing statewide leadership to assure the state's trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all.