Agricultural Management

 

 

The Harvest

The trees are cut 48 to 60 hours before shipping. Once the trees are cut, our experienced helicopter pilots and field crews carefully fly the trees to the landing where they are baled, sorted, stacked and prepared for loading. The trees are stacked by species, size and grade for easy identification and fast loading. The use of helicopters helps us to harvest the trees quickly and efficiently as well as reducing damage.

The grading takes place in the field where all sides of the trees are easily viewable. We carefully select the proper grade of each tree. We use color coded size tags with care instructions on the back side. These tags have UPC bar codes in duplicate: one to remain on the tag with the tree and the other for the customer to "tear off" and hand to the cashier.

Douglas Fir

The Douglas-Fir has been the major Christmas tree species grown in the Pacific Northwest since the 1920's. During the following 40 years, nearly all trees were harvested from forest lands. Since the 1950's, the transformation from growing trees in the wild to culturing them on plantations has been dramatic. Today, few trees come from forest lands. Nationally, it remains one of the most popular Christmas tree species. It is shipped to the majority of the states and is also exported. Douglas firs are normally sheared and will produce a crop within 7 to 9 years depending upon the site and growing area.

Noble Fir

An excellent Christmas tree because of its beauty, stiff branches and long keep-ability, this species is growing in popularity (between 40% and 60% of the fresh tree market in the Pacific Northwest). It is also widely used in the greenery business to make wreaths, door swags, garlands and other Christmas products. Noble Fir Christmas Trees mature in 9 - 12 years and are best grown at higher elevations.

Grand Fir

Grand Fir are by far the most fragrant Christmas tree on the market today. The foliage is soft to the touch with beautiful, long, glossy dark green needles on the top side and a silvery under side. Branch density is uniform and consistent. They are a favorite of the customer that enjoys the scent of a fresh cut Christmas tree in their home.

Nordman Fir

Relatively new to the US market the Nordman or Turkish Fir is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its beautiful shape, dark green color, and excellent needle retention. Nice sturdy branching and soft foliage make this tree a pleasure to decorate. The Nordman has long been the most popular Christmas tree in Europe and there is definitely a reason for it.