School Forest gives up just three trees this year
- Published: December 10, 2013
A robust group of YSHS School Foresters tread on snow and ice all weekend during their annual Christmas tree sale and campout in the Glen. Due to the effects of too many hungry deer in the forest, the School Forest had just three trees, which the students gave away on Saturday at a raffle drawing. The group also sold cookies, tee shirts and homemade gifts to make up for the funds lost in the group’s largest fundraising event of the year. Nine student foresters braved frigid temperatures in the teens to complete the traditional overnight campout.
It was apropos that Angela Conard-Day, wife of School Forest Director and YSHS teacher John Day, was a lucky winner of one of the coveted white pines. Chad Stiles and Volker Bahn also won trees. Though the School Forest plants about 300 new trees each year, in long, cold winters, such as the one this area suffered eight years ago, deer eat the pine seedlings as soon as they sprout above the snow.
“We had a couple of years of voracious deer damage seven or eight years ago. Now we are reaping the results of that time,” John Day explained.
Fortunately, the forest group has an abundance of younger trees in the 1- to 6-foot range that are growing strong and should be ready to harvest for next year’s tree sale.