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Boy Scout tree lot opens Friday at Mountain Hardware

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A few days before Thanksgiving, Boy Scouts Troop 267 in Truckee heads to the forests of Truckee to harvest Christmas Trees to be sold locally.

These trees are freshly cut, and locally grown, and part of an overall forest health and sustainability program managed by the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Harvesting the trees is an extraordinary team effort involving over 40 Scouts and family members. This all volunteer effort has logistics of trailers, chain saws, food and, of course, the weather usually throws a curve ball to add to the effort! Most seasons the harvest is a 14-plus-hour day, a strong lesson in the value of a hard day's work!

Harvesting the trees is just the beginning. The trees must be stored locally and the sales hut, fencing and racking setup is a fun construction project for the Scouts. From the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the scouts and parents handle sales shifts at the tree lot.

Some days are sunny and bright, some are cold and stormy. The tree lot has to be kept free and clear of snow (which we hope is a large project this year!). Finally, at sellout around Christmas Eve, the lot needs to be disassembled and equipment stored.

This Christmas tree sales effort is the Troop's sole fundraising effort each year. The Troop's program offers a fun and exciting opportunity for youth to learn and grow individually and as part of a team while developing good character.

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The Troop maintains a friendly, happy, safe atmosphere taking full advantage of the Scouting program and the wonderful recreation opportunities in our area.

Troop 267 offers a well-balanced outdoor program of backpacking, car camping, hiking, biking, skiing, advancement and merit badges. The Troop also performs numerous community service projects each year. Purchasing a Scout tree is buying local, buying sustainably, and supporting the Troop directly.

Lastly, there are many partners in the community supporting the scouts Christmas tree sales. The Scouts would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the following supporters and all they do to help us:

Mountain Hardware (providing the awesome sales location)

Tahoe Donner Association (providing equipment storage location)

Gecko Enterprises (tree storage)

Truckee Donner Land Trust (donation of trees)

Truckee Optimists (Troop's sponsoring organization)

Tree sales start the day after Thanksgiving — Friday, Nov. 25 — and end when we sell out of trees. Shop and buy early to ensure the best selection! Thank you for your support of the Boy Scouts of Troop 267! For questions, contact Mike Salmon, Assistant Scoutmaster, at 530-448-9441.

This article was provided by Mike Salmon, Dave Huggins (Troop 267 Scoutmaster) and Jennifer Lopez (Tree Sales Coordinator). Visit truckee267.mytroop.us to learn more.