The Pacific Northwest is our home. Majestic mountains, large quantities of rainfall, and the sensitive Puget Sound Basin make this part of our country an exceptionally beautiful place to live and grow Christmas trees. As farmers we have developed a close connection with our land and the impressive array of flora and wildlife that share our farm. As stewards of the land, we engage the responsibility of protecting our environment by minimizing the impact of our foot print.
Our goal is to grow premium quality trees while protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Our plan centers on responsible use of pesticides and fertilizers, protection of wetlands, and appropriate erosion control. We strive to protect the biodiversity of our farm as it is truly an investment in our future. Farming is our passion as well as our livelihood and we take our stewardship responsibilities seriously.
This objective is achieved through our use of Best Management Practices (BMP) and Integrated Pest Management (IMP).
Implementing the plan begins with maintaining healthy soils which grow healthy trees that are less vulnerable to pest and disease. We regularly sample the soil and tree tissue in our fields to monitor soil fertility. As a result, we can add only those nutrients that are depleted and reduce the overall use of commercial fertilizers.
Key components of a successful IPM system are the careful monitoring, scouting and identification of potential threats from pest and disease. With years of experience we have developed acceptable economic thresholds that must be reached before a pesticide treatment is initiated.
Soil erosion can occur on freshly disturbed fields, the result of preparing the field for planting. One technique we utilize the first year after spring planting is to allow the natural vegetation to reestablish, creating a natural ground cover. Rains in the Northwest are heaviest and most frequent in late fall and winter. With this natural ground cover in place, soils are protected from erosion this critical first year.
With the help of our local universities and extension agents, working with the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) and continued educational opportunities. “We pledge to continue to progress forward and implement those practices that promote sustainability for our future generations.”