SEFS Christmas Tree Sale: Place Your Orders!

This fall, the Forest Club is once again proud to organize one of our most popular community traditions: the annual Christmas Tree Sale!

Founded in 1908, the Forest Club is one of the oldest and longest-running clubs at the University of Washington, and every year the group sells freshly cut noble fir (Abies procera) Christmas trees to folks at UW and throughout the city of Seattle. Former Forest Club president and current master’s student Caileigh Shoot is leading the sale, and this year she’s recruited a wide range of students and clubs—from IFSA to SAF to TAPPI to Dead Elk and more—to help with cutting and delivering the trees. Caileigh and her team will head out to harvest the trees on Saturday, December 3, and then have them ready for pick-up on Sunday, December 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) —on the blacktop on the east side of the property, between the greenhouses and Yesler Swamp.

Xmas Tree Sale

Community members pick up their trees from the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Our beautiful noble firs come from Hunter Farms, and they are typically 4 to 7 feet tall (and, in past years, the larger trees have typically gone fastest, so come early if size is super important to you). All trees, regardless of size, are $45 (and non-refundable), and all proceeds benefit the Forest Club and other partner student groups assisting with the sale.

Trees are available for pre-order starting now through Thursday, December 1.

You can order your tree one of three ways:

1. Use the super-easy online form and pay with credit card.
2. Fill out and mail the paper form with a checkmade out to the UW Forest Club—to: UW Forest Club, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195
3. Print and hand deliver the form and payment—using cash, check or card—to Anderson 130, or if no one is available there, Anderson 107.

Remember, all forms must be received by close of business on Thursday, December 1, before the crew heads out into the woods, so don’t delay!

Email uwforestclub@gmail.com if you have any questions, and thank you for supporting the Forest Club!

Alumni Spotlight: Ben Harrison

In the fall of 1966, the Forest Club, one of the oldest and longest-running clubs at the University of Washington, realized it was nearly broke and didn’t have enough funds for some of its activities, including Garb Day. Ben Harrison, who was working on the final quarter of his forest management degree, came up with an idea to raise some money for the group and spread a little holiday cheer on campus: a Christmas tree sale.

The Seattle Times story from December 8, 1966.

The Forest Club had about a dozen members at the time, and Harrison managed to get permission from the Forest Service for them to cut some Pacific silver firs from a plantation in the Hansen Creek area near Snoqualmie Pass. They succeeded in selling all the trees—including unloading a few extras to local banks—and rescuing the group’s finances. They also brought back one especially large fir to place on Red Square right in front of the old Administration Building (now Gerberding Hall).

President William Gerberding came out to light the 30-foot tree, which freshman and sophomores had decorated, and the Husky Band played to a lively crowd of students. The Seattle Times even covered the occasion in an article on December 8, 1966, “Tree Caps Collegiate Career,” referring to Harrison as a “spirited forestry student.”

Harrison turned 90 earlier this fall and now lives in Issaquah with his wife Dorie. He was a slightly older student while at UW, where he met Dorie, and his career covered multiple chapters before and after his time at school. Harrison twice served in the Navy, first enrolling at age 16 for submarine service during World War II (his older brother signed his papers). He later served as an electrician and medic during the Korean War, and after graduating from college he went to work as a forester for Weyerhaeuser—and then eventually as a contract forester with private landowners. Along the way, he staffed a Society of American Foresters booth at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, traveled to every continent except Antarctica, and received the Honored Alumnus Award from our school in 1992.

It’s impossible to pick one legacy from such a life and career, but one of his most enduring contributions to our school was organizing that first tree sale. Though he never imagined it at the time, he kicked off a tradition that has now continued for 49 years, drawing together students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members across Seattle.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the sale, and maybe we can convince Harrison to head out with the Forest Club when they harvest the next batch of trees!

Photo of Ben and Dorie Harrison © Karl Wirsing/SEFS.

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SEFS Christmas Tree Sale: Place Your Orders!

This fall, working with the UW chapters of the International Forestry Students’ Association and the Society of American Foresters, the Forest Club is once again proud to organize one of our most popular community traditions: the annual Christmas Tree Sale!

The Forest Club is one of the oldest and longest-running clubs on campus, and every year the group sells freshly cut noble fir (Abies procera) Christmas trees to folks at the University of Washington and throughout the city of Seattle. We’ve been getting phone calls and emails asking when the sale will happen this year, and now it’s ready to go!

Xmas Tree Sale

Community members pick up their trees from the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Sean Jeronimo, one of our grad students, is leading the tree sale this year. He and his crew of volunteers will head out to harvest the trees on Saturday, December 5, and then have them ready for pick-up on Sunday, December 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) —on the blacktop on the east side of the property, between the greenhouses and Yesler Swamp.

Our beautiful noble firs come from Hunter Farms, and they are typically 5 to 7 feet tall (you can email a special request for a larger size, which the Forest Club will try to honor, depending on availability). All trees, regardless of size, are $45, and all proceeds benefit the Forest Club.

Trees are available for pre-order now through Friday, December 4. You can order your tree one of three ways:

1. Use the super-easy online form and pay with credit card.
2. Fill out and mail the paper form with a check for $45—made out to the UW Forest Club—to: UW Forest Club, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195
3. Print and hand deliver the form and payment—using cash, check or card—to Anderson 130.

Remember, all forms must be received by close of business on Friday, December 4, before the crew heads out into the woods, so don’t delay!

Email uwforestclub@gmail.com if you have any questions, and thank you for supporting the Forest Club!

Photo of Forest Club members harvesting firs below © Matt Davis.

Matt Davis

The Annual Christmas Tree Sale is Back!

With eggnog muscling onto grocery shelves around the city, and holiday jingles taking over the airwaves, it could mean only one thing: Time for the UW Forest Club’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale!

Xmas Tree Sale

Community members pick up their trees from the Center for Urban Horticulture.

The Forest Club is proud to keep up this popular tradition, and they’re offering Noble Firs for $45.

The deadline to order your tree is Friday, December 6. Members of the Forest Club will be cutting the firs on Saturday, December 7, and then you can pick up your tree on Sunday, December 8, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

The trees generally range in size from 6-8 feet tall, though some can be a bit shorter—so come early if you’re hoping for the biggest of the bunch!

As in previous years, all you have to do is print out and mail in the order form to the UW Forest Club (at the address listed on the form). You can also pick up or drop off completed forms—along with payment; cash and checks are accepted—from Amanda Davis in the Student & Academic Services Office, Anderson 130. Your order must be received by December 6 at the latest.

All proceeds greatly benefit the UW Forest Club, the Society of American Foresters UW Chapter, and the Dead Elk Society. So order your Noble Fir for a noble cause today!

If you have any questions, contact Forest Club President Justine Andreychuk at 425.802.6158 or justinea@uw.edu.

Happy holidays!

Photo of Forest Club members harvesting firs below © Matt Davis.

Matt Davis