Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Christmas Trees Offered to Get Rid of Invasive Spruce Trees in 2 Provinces

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Christmas Trees Offered to Get Rid of Invasive Spruce Trees in 2 Provinces

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Chop a tree, save an animal:Conservation group

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EDMONTON - Christmas trees are available for free in Saskatchewan or by donation in Alberta this weekend -- and it's for a good cause.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting tree harvesting events on Saturday in central Alberta and near Saskatoon in an attempt to get rid of invasive spruce trees.

In Saskatchewan, the trees aren't native to the Saskatoon area and their presence could actually damage the habitat for other plants and animals.

"We purchased this land a few years ago now," said Matthew Braun, manager of conservation science and planning with the organization in Saskatchewan. "We develop a management plan for each property that is specific to the area that it's in."

Anyone can go and cut down a free "Charlie Brown" trees at a property near Saskatoon that is owned by the conservancy. …

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