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-In 1899, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the position of Town Tree warden to oversee , and 36 years later, facing the threat of Dutch Elm disease and invasive insects, the General Court authorized the establishment of a Shade Tree program to coordinate research and education in support of the public shade tree officials.  Founded by A. V. Osmun, Head of the Botany Department at Mass. State College, and funded in part by the Massachusetts Forest and Park Association, the state hired [[m:mckenzie_malcolm_a|Malcolm A. McKenzie]] and W. B. Becker in June 1935 to work on Dutch Elm disease and its insect vectors.   
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-The success of the program led to the establishment of a formal Shade Tree Laboratory at Waltham in 1949, broadening its scope to include research relating "to shade and ornamental trees, and insects and diseases related thereto."  In 1950, McKenzie was appointed Director of the Shade Tree Lab in Amherst, remaining in that position until his retirement in 1973. 
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-  * "History of the Shade Tree Laboratories" in Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Bark Directory and Yearbook, 1979. University Archives (RG 25/P5.2) 
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