December 14th, 2017

Christmas trees offered to get rid of invasive spruce trees in 2 provinces

By The Canadian Press on December 7, 2017.

People tie up a free Christmas tree that they cut down in a handout photo from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The trees aren't native to the area where they are growing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Nature Conservancy of Canada MANDATORY CREDIT

EDMONTON – Christmas trees are available for free in Saskatchewan and 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.

The trees aren’t native to the Saskatoon area and their presence could actually damage the habitat for other plants and animals.

Anyone can cut down a free spruce tree at a property near Saskatoon that is owned by the conservancy.

In Alberta, the harvest is done and people give a donation for a blue spruce tree at a property in the Red Deer River area.

The tree harvest comes as holiday shoppers face higher costs for natural Christmas trees at retail outlets.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the trees were free in Alberta.

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