This year the Christmas trees at the Depot and Rheault Farm that brought holiday cheer to many in the metro will serve an even greater purpose. When the two Christmas trees are removed after the holiday season, the Fargo Park District will donate the 25 foot tall trees to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity will have the two trees milled into lumber to be used in homes built with families in need in 2018. The milling is being donated to the local non-profit by Dakota Timber Company.
“Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is very excited to be partnering with the Fargo Park District and Dakota Timber Company on this project,” shared Pete Christopher, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Resource Development and Marketing Manager. “These trees will live on and help local families have a decent place to live for generations to come.”
The project is inspired by Habitat for Humanity International’s annual tradition of using wood milled from New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in Habitat for Humanity homes built throughout the country. The program started nearly ten years ago when the 2007 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was first donated to Habitat for Humanity and used in the construction of a Hurricane Katrina survivor’s home in Pascagoula, Miss. Since then, the lumber milled from subsequent Rockefeller Center Christmas trees has been used in the construction of homes in New York City; Stamford, Conn.; Newburgh, N.Y.; and Philadelphia.
Locally each year, the Fargo Park District Forestry crew works with willing property owners to make sure the Christmas staple appears at the Depot and in Santa Village. The trees are donated to the Fargo Park District, who then moves them to into place the week before Thanksgiving. The trees are displayed at the Depot and Rheault Farm from Thanksgiving through the New Year for the entire Fargo-Moorhead community to enjoy.