When Villager Nursery staff head-out into the woods to cut local native Christmas trees we are helping our forests. Our small commercial permit is based on years or doing-the-right-thing. Our mandate is to reduce fuels, improve tree density and to enhance the production of healthy "leave trees".
Christmas Tree Cutting Specifications
Road Conditions and Access
In the event roads are extremely wet due to rain or snow, you will be required to drive on forest service roads while they are frozen, usually before 10:00AM.
Red Fir Removal (it’s all about the “leave trees”)
When Red Fir (Silver-Tip) and White Fir are the only trees in a group of three trees, always leave at least one Red Fir in good health. If one of the trees is a Jeffrey Pine of good form the Red Fir may be removed. We must leave Jeffrey Pine and Red Fir as leave trees within the fuel break. Where Red Fir occur in clumps, leave trees on approximately 14ft x14ft spacing intervals. When you removing trees, the remaining healthy Red Fir should be no more than 14 feet apart. No Sugar Pine shall be cut. No Western White Pine shall be cut. Leave all conifers ≥ 8” d.b.h. (8 inch diameter at breast height or larger). Stump height of cut trees shall be less than 6 inches. Cut all limbs from the stump.
Selection Criteria for Leave Trees (the trees we leave to grow for timber)
Select leave trees from healthy conifers that are free from disease and damage. Leave trees shall be taller and of good form (the best looking ones of the bunch). Selection of leave trees will be in the following order: 1. Sugar Pine, 2. Jeffrey Pine, 3. Red Fir, 4. White Fir.
Slash Treatment (the excess trunk and branches)
ALL stumps shall be cut to 6” or less. Slash shall be lopped and scattered to a depth not to exceed 10 inches (less is better). Remove all branches from trunk, scatter branches and trunk.
Posted on Fri, November 22, 2013
by Eric Larusson filed under