We are pleased to once again work with the Deschutes Land Trust for our holiday tree, which will go up in our Center Plaza area on Tuesday, November 26. The large fir tree was selected earlier this month and will be harvested from the Land Trust’s Metolius Preserve as part of a restoration project to restore the old-growth ponderosa pine forests of this Camp Sherman area Preserve.

The Land Trust has owned and managed the Metolius Preserve since 2003. In 2004, they hired Pacific Stewardship to conduct a thorough inventory of forest resources at the Preserve, which encompasses about 1,200 acres near Camp Sherman in Central Oregon. This inventory then provided a basis–and a prescription–for future stewardship of the property.

Since then, some of the work that has been done includes restoring wildlife habitat and forestry efforts to promoting old-growth pine forest conditions by removing competing fir trees such as the Old Mill holiday tree.

You can see the beautiful, lighted tree next week, just in time for our the kick-off to our holiday season with the arrival of Santa by AirLink helicopter on November 29th.