The Pagosa Waldorf Initiative hosts their fourth annual Christmas tree sale this season at Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate on Nov. 27 and 28, Dec. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Purchasing one of these trees not only promotes healthy forests in our area, but it also provides funding for the Treasure Mountain Educational Cooperative financial aide program.
The stewards of Banded Peak Ranch are serious about keeping the ranch’s forests healthy and beautiful, and they take the threat of forest fire seriously. Their forest management objective is to restore and support ecological health to the forest.
The forests there, like many across the west, are undergoing profound change largely due to human interventions. Fire suppression, over-grazing and poor logging practices have contributed to alter forest composition.
Once comprised of stands of Ponderosa Pines and Douglas firs, forests are now thickets of white fir trees. White firs, while native to the area, are largely intolerant of fire and prone to disease and insect infestations. In unnaturally dense numbers they create a multitude of forest health problems, from reducing Goshawk habitat to increasing the threat of high intensity wildfire. Once white fir trees grow beyond Christmas tree size, they present an enormous forest management challenge. They must be removed or burned. Logging white fir trees from select stands and applying prescribed fire are two currant methods of eliminating the hazard they impose.
This marks the fourth holiday season that Pagosa Waldorf Initiative friends, families and teachers will sustainably harvest the beautiful white fir Christmas trees. Harvesting them as Christmas trees today means less logging and burning later.
Unlike spruce trees, which have unfriendly needles, white fir trees are soft, often bushy, and have fragrant green to blue-green needles. This makes them ideal Christmas trees.
The Pagosa Waldorf Initiative will be donating several trees to local schools, churches and families in need, and selling the rest in the parking lot of Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate the weekends of Nov. 27-28, and Dec. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last.
Don’t miss your opportunity to support financial aide for families at TMEC, to contribute to the health of Archuleta County forests, and to enjoy a local, fresh, sustainably-harvested, gorgeous white fir Christmas tree this December.
To reserve a tree, call 731-5965. Trees will range between $15 and $75 depending on size.