COLUMBIA — A 40-year-old tradition continues this week as the MU Forestry Club sells Christmas trees on the northeast side of Memorial Stadium. The club will sell trees from Thursday through Sunday and Dec. 11 to 13.
Customers can choose from a variety of Scotch pine and balsam fir trees.
When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except Thursday when hours are 3 to 8 p.m.), Thursday through Sunday and Dec. 11 to 13
Where: northeast side of Memorial Stadium at MU
"The Scotch pine grows in Missouri, and the balsam fir trees aren't grown in Missouri but are brought down from up north," said Mark Peper, who manages the Forestry Club's Christmas tree farm.
Proceeds will be used for club activities and trips to academic and professional conferences.
In the past, the club operated its own Christmas tree farm in southeast Columbia. Now, it has started a new pine plantation northeast of Columbia. According to Peper, 80 acres have been planted, and it will be about three years before the trees can be harvested.
"It takes eight to 10 years for a tree to get a good establishment for harvesting," Peper said.