Land conservancy to hold one-day tree sale

Submitted photo Conservationists acquired Boneyard Ridge on Tillamook Head in July.

Dreaming of a “green” Christmas? The North Coast Land Conservancy is selling trees from Boneyard Ridge Habitat Reserve, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4.

“The trees look really beautiful,” the conservancy’s Stewardship Director Melissa Reich said. “It will be a cool opportunity for people who want to feel good about where their trees come from this holiday season.”

The trees will be from a stand of young firs that the conservancy is thinning to create a healthy forest on Boneyard Ridge. The property, acquired by the conservancy in July, is a former commercial tree farm.

“They planted to maximize timber production,” Reich said. “Our goal is to create an old-growth forest in the future. We need to thin the trees down so that they will grow faster and not compete with each other.”

After the holidays, the conservancy requests that people return their Boneyard Ridge trees to the Circle Creek Conservation Center. The returned trees will be placed in waterways at Boneyard Ridge or Circle Creek, where they will serve as refuge for juvenile coho salmon and contribute to the food chain for coho and other wildlife.

“We’re doing large-scale restoration on Circle Creek so we can add them to the creek or some of the off-channel wetlands,” Reich said. “It helps create more structure and shade, and the nutrients break down. It’s good for amphibians and fish.”

The conservancy requests a donation of $100 for each tree. These donations and the trees’ eventual use as habitat will help support the conservancy’s restoration work.

Trees will be sold at the conservancy’s Circle Creek Conservation Center in Seaside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most trees are noble firs, about 5 feet tall or higher, with sturdy branches and an airy structure. Some grand firs may be available. Trees will be freshly cut the previous day, and it is encouraged to come early for the best selection.

Circle Creek Conservation Center is at the end of Rippet Road in Seaside, on the west side of U.S. 101, one-seventh of a mile north of the junction with U.S. 26. Follow the road west and north a short distance, passing a gravel quarry on your left, to where it ends at the big barn.

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