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UC Students Cut, Sell Sustainably Harvested Christmas Trees

Members of the Cal Forestry Club cut and sell sustainably harvested Christmas trees on campus. This year's sale starts Tuesday, Dec. 10.

UC Berkeley sophomores Caitriona Smyth (left) and Sophia Lemmo belong to the Cal Forestry Club, which cuts and sells sustainably harvested Christmas trees on campus. The photo is from the 2012 trip to the Sierra foothiils. Photo: Nochella Ozard
UC Berkeley sophomores Caitriona Smyth (left) and Sophia Lemmo belong to the Cal Forestry Club, which cuts and sells sustainably harvested Christmas trees on campus. The photo is from the 2012 trip to the Sierra foothiils. Photo: Nochella Ozard
UPDATE: The first day of the Christmas tree sale has been delayed a day. It's now scheduled to start Tuesday, Dec. 10.

There are lots of ways to get Christmas trees, but if you want to have a sustainably harvested one and to help the student Forestry Club at UC Berkeley at the same time, you can buy a freshly cut one on campus next week.

Each year members of the club trek to the Sierra Foothills and cull trees deemed unable to survive to adulthood, typically because they are growing too close to other trees. Last year, the tree harvesters endured six straight hours of rain.

This year, they went up Monday, Dec. 9, to a stand maintained by Sierra Pacific Industries.

"We cut 427 fresh trees straight from the Sierra today!" said club vice president Natalie Holt.

The trees are mainly white fir and incense cedar and sell for $6 a foot. 

The sale is scheduled to run Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Mulford Hall, which is on the left after entering the main campus west gate at The Crescent and passing the entry kiosk. See this map for location and parking information.

Editor's note: The original version of this article said the sale would begin Monday, Dec. 9, but it has been delayed a day until Tuesday, Dec. 10. The club's website says the sale runs from Sunday, Dec. 8, through Friday, Dec. 13, but the dates were changed because expected bad weather forced a delay in the tree-cutting trip.

Published Dec. 7, 2013, 5:10 p.m.; republished Dec. 9, 10:01 p.m.

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