Many folks bundled up and braved the cold to find their Christmas tree at our annual Tree Hunt at the Metolius Preserve.
The tree hunters trekked through snowy forests, on lookout for their perfect tree. But not just any tree. The hunters were on a mission to cut down a Grand Fir, identifiable by their flat, silvery needles.
Removing Grand Fir helps restore the forests, which were historically dominated by older Ponderosa Pine. Decades of fire suppression have allowed Grand Fir to crowd the forests, posing fire risks and threatening the overall health of the land.
By removing a Grand Fir from the forest, the tree hunters helped the Land Trust restore the forest to health. In addition, these trees get a home for the holidays instead of ending up in a burn pile.Thanks to all of you who came to the Tree Hunt this year! For those of you who missed it, get your dose of the festivities in our slideshow below.