5th Annual Tipping Field Trip

Posted Nov. 13, 2013, at 9:20 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 1 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Town Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

For more information: Tanya Rucosky; 207-796-2100; downeastlakes.org

Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and learn to identify and gather a regionally unique forest resource. In Maine, millions of wreaths are made each year. These wreaths are usually made from balsam fir brush. Balsam fir is used because it is plentiful in Maine and also an easy material with which to make wreaths. The demand for balsam fir wreaths has risen throughout the years, which has resulted in an increased demand for balsam fir brush. Tips can be gathered only during late fall, after needles are “set.” At this time, the balsam fir tree stops growing and stays dormant until spring. The needle’s pores are sealed by a waxy coating that covers the needle’s surface. Balsam fir tips would lose their needles in a very short time if gathered before this stage.

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Tips will be used at the wreath making workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.

Please let us know if you will be joining us.