SJMA Christmas Tree for Conservation Lot
Our Biggest Fundraiser and WE NEED YOU!
Give the gift of your time to your public lands this holiday season. Volunteer to help cut local white fir trees, set up the lot or sell trees to folks in our community. The Christmas Tree sale is a terrific opportunity for service groups, social organizations and individuals to support their local public lands.
Volunteering for a 3 hour shift at the sale is a wonderful way to spend time during this special season. You’ll see people you know from around the area and help them purchase the perfect tree for their holiday.
COVID Precautions: This season, we are working hard to make sure everyone involved stays safe and healthy. Fortunately, these events are all outdoor activities. In addition, we will require staff, volunteers and customers to wear masks and practice social distancing. In addition, we will minimize interactions between the volunteers and the customers.
Christmas Tree Lot Details
Dates: Friday November 27 – Sunday December 20, 2020
Times: Sunday – Friday 12:00-6:00pm and Saturday – 9:00am-6:00pm
Location: At the corner of Camino del Rio and College Avenue (Train parking lot). This location made possible by a generous partnership with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad the the City of Durango.
Types of Trees: SJMA sells both freshly cut local white fir and sustainably farmed balsam trees from Wisconsin. All proceeds from your tree purchase goes towards public lands stewardship programs and conservation education.
Our Balsam Fir Trees: The ideal growing conditions and yearly fertilization allow the balsam trees to reach a perfect shape and size in just six to ten years. While the trees are growing, they provide habitat for birds, squirrels, and other woodland creatures. We have often found bird nests in these trees and every now and then a mouse makes the long trip from Wisconsin!
Our White Fir Trees are 100% wild grown right here in the San Juan National Forest. There are no pesticides, fertilizers, or irrigation used. Mother nature is the only one that tends to these. That is why the white fir trees are not as full and have smaller trunks. These trees can be anywhere from 10 to 30 years old. A group of 30 SJMA volunteers goes into the forest and cut these trees from a designated area. Thanks, volunteers!
We select white fir trees from the wild to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wild fire. The San Juan National Forest helps designate areas that in the most need of thinning. Thinning white fir from along the road helps fire fighters manage the fire and protects the over story trees from a crown fire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, white firs of Christmas tree size can act as “ladder fuels”. This means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush up to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and can be harder to control.