UNBC Students to Sell Christmas Trees
Prince George, B.C. – Forestry students at the University of Northern British Columbia have branched out into a unique business venture – they’re launching their very own Christmas Tree farm.
The 3.4 hectares of land where the growing will take place is located next to the university as you come up from Foothills Boulevard.
About 3,000 stems per hectare will be planted on that land with apartment and dormitory size trees expected to be ready by 2023. Full size trees are expected to be ready by 2026.
Once the trees are sold, the profits will produce income for the Forestry Club to sponsor scholarships, charities, and donations of Christmas trees.
“As most of you know, not only are we Canada’s green university but one of our hallmark signature features is experiential learning,” said UNBC president Dr. Daniel Weeks.
“So many of our students tell me that one off the things that brings them to UNBC was the opportunity to work so closely with our professors on projects right here in the field and here we are just a stones thrown from campus, right out in the field.”
The remaining 14 hectares of land not being used for Christmas trees will be used for agroforestry values such as berry picking, birch sap, mushroom picking and research opportunities.