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Continued from page 3 But if that’s the kind of mem-

ory you want to make, it’s still possible. Be aware that you can’t just go out willy-nilly chopping down trees any- where. You need a permit from the

Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources. It’s free and you can download it on- line at CTP.You have to be age 19 or more, and you must carry your permit with you. You can also pick up a per- mit at the Okanagan Shuswap District Office, 2501-14th Ave., Vernon, or the Penticton Field Office at 102 Industrial Pl.

You may cut a tree from the

Crown Land portion of a hydro right-of-way (except where

Christmas trees are being grown commercially), or within three metres of a logging road’s edge, or on open range lands.

The Ministry of Forests ad- vises that a tree from dry, rocky sites or south slopes produce the best Christmas trees, and Douglas Fir is usu- ally the tree of choice.You may also consider lodge-pole pine, spruce or balsam. Even with a permit, you can’t cut a tree from private land, tree plantations, re- search areas, parks, water- sheds, juvenile-spaced areas (those areas obviously logged and replanted), and any other areas reserved for a special use. You may cut up to three trees per family, for personal use only, not for sale. Try to leave the bottom few

branches on the stump, which may grow into another tree. Don’t cut a big tree only to

use the top. It’s a waste and also creates a fire hazard with the portion left lying. Leave the area as clean as possible. Another alternative is to trek to a tree farm where you can select and cut your own tree. They’ll help you if you get stuck. Here are a few places that offer the experience: • Prairie Valley Christmas

Trees, 14103 Prairie Valley Rd., Summerland, Call 250- 494-9445. • Tannenbaum Farms, 3848

Water Rd., in East Kelowna, call 250-861-4070. • Volkmann Christmas

Tree Farm, 4210 Spiers Rd., Kelowna, Call 250- 861-4275. Or you can just go out and buy a cut or potted tree — proba- bly the simplest so- lution. Those grown locally, such as in Byland’s Nurseries, are acclima-

Abright idea: recycle your old Christmas lights

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Last year, more than 10 tonnes of light strings were collected for recycling

If you’re putting up new LED lights this year, don’t throw your old light strings in the garbage. Recycle them by tak- ing them to a recycling depot near you. “Last year’s Christmas light recycling program alone col- lected over 10onnes of light strings, enough to fill a 53 foot semi,” said Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District. “That’s a huge amount of

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material that was repurposed into new product, instead of taking up space in our landfill.” Stewart adds you don’t have to remove the bulbs from the strings before recycling, and power cords are also accepted as part of the pro-

gram, now into its seventh year.

“Recycling your old light

strings instead of tossing them out is simple good sense, en- vironmentally and financially. By upgrading your lights, you’ll be saving energy and money on your electricity bill, as LED (light emitting diode) lights use up to 95 per cent less energy than regular Christmas lights and last at least ten times longer. Plus, LED lights pro- duce very little heat, so they reduce the risk of fire, which is essential for your family’s safe- ty.”

Stewart says the strings brought to the depots are picked up by Planet Earth Recycling Ltd, and eventually end up at Davis Trading in Vancouver, where they’re baled and exported for pro- cessing and the copper is re- covered for new use in wiring and plumbing.

tized, which gives them an edge on survival. Staff at both Byland’s and

Dogwood Nurseries in West Kelowna advises that water is the secret to keeping your tree fresh. Make a fresh cut across the base of your tree and plunge it into water as soon as possible.

Replenish the water daily.


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