Les and Betty Corkum were inducted into the Christmas tree Wall of Fame on July 24th 2002.
The quotation on the induction plaque presented to last stated very clearly his ultimate value, “A constant friend and advisor to all in the Christmas Tree Industry.” Less harvested his first Christmas Trees in 1937, has been an active grower since 1958. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1945 to 1947, then quickly graduated from the Maritime Forest Ranger School in 1948. Les was employed with the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests from 1948 to 1984, acting as Supervisor of Forest Protection from 1957 until retirement.
Les was a founding member of the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Produces Association and served as an early president (1969). He was instrumental in the formation of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, and was a chief proponent and driving force for the development of Atlantic Christmas Tree Growers Manual. Supported through life by late wife Betty, who’s infectious laugh so endeared her to all, the two acted to help produce the newsletter for the LCCTPA, and Betty was a long-standing treasure for the association. The Nova Scotia Woodlot Owner of the year in 2002, Les taught us how to graft, still has us challenge our perceptions, always strives for improvement.
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