The Deschutes Land Trust donated three holiday trees for the local community to enjoy. One tree was donated to the City of Sisters for its holiday display. The tree will be displayed in Barclay park and the official lighting ceremony is on November 29th.
Another tree was donated to the Old Mill District for their holiday display. The tree will be installed on November 26th. Finally, the third tree was donated to the Bend Rotary groups for their annual Rotary Tree of Joy. The tree will be displayed in the Old Mill's Santaland and offers gift tags to donate Christmas gifts to the children of Bend.
The grand firs were cut from the Land Trust's Metolius Preserve as part of a long-term forest restoration project. The Land Trust has owned and managed the Metolius Preserve since 2003. The 1,200 acre Preserve contains mixed pine and fir forests that the Land Trust has been working to restore for wildlife habitat. Forestry efforts have been included promoting old-growth pine forest conditions by removing competing fir trees such as those donated to the local community.