We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
— Aldo Leopold

Why?

We have all wondered, "Why?” Yet we really never look into the outdated tradition or question the processes behind it. A couple of years ago, my BFF Laura and I were walking through a parking lot of a large hardware chain where we saw hundreds of cut trees yet to be claimed. The date was December 20th - and we were pretty sure these trees were not going to make their ways into homes for the very near holiday. During a holiday that is all about selfless giving and celebrating our place on this earth, it was a heart breaking and eye-opening experience. That day - our journey began.  

We're pretty sure that it was quite the holiday buzz-kill for our individual families to have to listen to us rant and rave over the Christmas holiday about the damage to our ecology caused by the Christmas holiday tree tradition, but something positive has come of it. We have committed ourselves to researching the “why” questions regarding the selfish tradition of sacrificing millions of evergreen trees every year. We have created a viable option and we believe that if your household were to ever so slightly change its view of experiencing a tree during the holiday, then we can make a very large IMPACT together for the better. To be successful in the mission—we need our fostering families to COMMIT and CARE for their tree during the holiday month of December. It’s exciting to think that in doing so—the world's ecology could be altered for the better one home at a time.

Happy Holidays,

Patrick & Laura

Fly fishing at Ash Camp.

Fly fishing at Ash Camp.

The mountains are calling and I must go.
— John Muir