In 1986, the ISU Forestry Club acquired 3.6 acres of land that was to be used for growing Christmas . trees. The main species to be planted were Scotch and white pine. When the plantation was first started, the first order of business was clearing the land of the mixed tree and shrub vegetation. The area was once an ISU apple orchard and horticultural garden. The hardwood stand provided a source of early income from the firewood that the club harvested. Because of the expenses of starting a Christmas tree plantation, the Forestry Department made an agreement with the club that they would help with the costs for the first five years. After the fifth year, the Forestry Club will provide a $500 scholarship for students in Forestry.
"Christmas Tree Plantation and Firewood Sales,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 77
, Article 22.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/amesforester/vol77/iss1/22