Sheriff’s Meadow trims trees for a day

Three-year-old Lily Kerns selects a tree as tall as she is, and then waits for her father to make the cut. — Photo by Susan Safford

The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation invited the public to come cut Christmas trees for free last Saturday in an area of the Cedar Tree Neck preserve where too many small, unwanted white spruce trees have sprouted in recent years. In the one-day tree trimming event, Sheriff’s Meadow cleared some trees to help with their conservation efforts, and some lucky Islanders got a free tree. The organization wants to make sure everyone knows that the tree cutting event is over, and no one should cut trees on Sheriff’s Meadow property.

Kristen Fauteux, director of stewardship at SMF, passed out saws and led people to the trees, which were hardly uniform, either in size or shape. With tons of charm and a local pedigree, however, they were definitely free-range and all natural.

Meanwhile, back at the trailhead, SMF executive director Adam Moore poured cider for thirsty woodspeople on the way to or from felling what would soon be their principal indoor decoration during the holiday season.