UPDATED: Free Holiday Tree Harvest Postponed Due to Storms, Reservations Full

Community members have another opportunity to help Marin County Parks officials remove invasive Monterey Pines while harvesting their own holiday tree. This year the event is in San Geronimo Valley.


UPDATE: Nov. 27, 8:27 a.m. Marin County Parks officials have moved the holiday tree harvest to Saturday, Dec. 8 due to the impending wet and stormy weather. Natural Resource Specialist Matt Sagues said reservations for the event were full as of Monday night at 10 p.m. But people can put their names on a wait list, Sauges said. 


Marin residents looking for an authetic (and free) holiday tree harvesting expereince are in luck this year. 

Marin County Parks is organizing a San Geronimo Valley event where families can pick out, cut down and take home their own holiday tree. It’s the second annual holiday tree harvest in Marin; Last year’s harvest was a hit when more than 300 invasive Monterey Pine trees were removed at Ring Mountain in Tiburon. 

On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., commuinty members can pick out, cut down and take home trees from the Roy’s Redwoods and Maurice Thorner preserves. 

Families are encouraged to make a reservation for this event because tree quantities are limited. 

Parks staff will assist families as they use maps to locate and pick out a pine tree from the preserves before cutting it down. Brownie Troop 32311 from San Rafael will offer baked goods and hot chocolate to raise funds for local schools at the event. 

Monterey Pine trees have recently spread rapidly into native habitats in the San Geronimo Valley. Open space preserves and conservation easements, which cover more than 40 percent of San Geronimo Valley, are home to rare plants and the valley’s streams are habitat for threatened steelhead and endangered Coho salmon.


The 411: Meet at the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course parking lot at 5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Participants should dress in layers and wear clothing that is appropriate for hiking through scrub in difficult terrain. The trees are scattered throughout the preserves and may be difficult to access. Refreshments, tools and interpretive talks will be provided.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Natural Resource Specialist Matt Sagues at msagues@marincouny.org. Heavy rains may cancel the event. Call (415) 473-2686 on the morning of Dec. 1 to hear a recorded message if the event is cancelled.

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance to participate in this activity, contact Steve Petterle at (415) 473-6387, TTY (415) 473-2495, CRS dial 711, or spetterle@marincounty.org.

John Ferguson November 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I got word from the parks department that this event has been moved to December 8th due to impending wetness.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Ut oh. I have a call in with the parks department. I'll update the story (or write another one) if that's the case.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It has been moved to Dec. 8 and reservations are full. People can add their name to a wait list if they want. Thanks for the heads up, John.
Haggis November 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hope they reschedule, this is a great way to get rid of an invasive tree and make some people happy.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
They did reschedule. The event was moved from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8. I updated the above article with all the correct information.


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