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Pitch and Needle October 2011
About this newsletter
Plan ahead for Christmas-tree exports
Christmas tree shipping regulations
Useful web sites
State of Oregon holiday schedule
2011 Christmas Tree Advisory Committee
About this newsletter
Christmas tree plantation  
Christmas tree plantation
The Pitch & Needle is a semi-annual online publication of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and is intended as an aid to anyone involved in the growing and shipping of Christmas trees. Through this bulletin, we hope to provide you with the most current shipping information as well as other topical information related to the Christmas tree industry. If you have any suggestions for topics or articles for the next issue, contact Eric Reusche via email at ereusche@oda.state.or.us.
Horticulturists:  Debbie Driesner, Dan Hawks, Lisa Rehms, Eric Reusche, Karl Puls, Sherree Lewis, Scott Rose, Dennis Magnello, Gary Garth, Bev Clark, Susan Schouten
Gary McAninch, program supervisor; Jan Hedberg, lead horticulturist; Sue Nash, program assistant; Kim Lawson, office specialist; Melissa Lujan, GAIP auditor
Eric Reusche, editor
Plan ahead for Christmas-tree exports
Douglas fir
By Dennis Magnello, ODA Horticulturist
Sending Christmas trees to foreign countries or U.S. territories overseas? If so, please follow the guidelines below for a hassle-reduced shipping season.
  • Determine the import requirements for the destination country or territory. Ask your ODA Christmas tree inspector for the most current information, or refer to the appropriate section in the September issue of the Pitch and Needle. Be aware that information provided by the customer is not always accurate.
  • Obtain any necessary Import Permits from your host country contact (buyer or broker).
  • Provide ODA with a list and maps of the plantations from which your Christmas trees for export will be harvested, as well as a list of the countries and territories to which the trees will be shipped. Trees will then be inspected in the field, ideally in September and early October, to determine if they meet the host country's import requirements.
  • Submit your requests for Phytosanitary Certificates through the PCIT online certification system. See the article in this publication entitled "PCIT and Christmas Trees" for details. Requests should be made a minimum of two days in advance.

ODA inspectors will be glad to inspect fields of non-export Christmas trees also, per your request.
Christmas tree shipping regulations
xmas tree shaking  
Below is a summary of requirements to ship cut Christmas trees to states and territories of the United States, and to selected foreign countries effective September 20, 2011. Inspections and certifications are provided by Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) personnel. Review the information in the summary and contact the department to arrange field inspections prior to harvest and certification. Please provide at least five days notice before the actual shipping date when requesting certificates. Requests need to be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Destination shipping requirements are subject to change. All bills of lading, invoices, and bills of sale should bear county of origin, as well as, the name and address of the shipper. All shipments of Christmas trees grown in Oregon are required by Oregon law to be accompanied by a shipping permit. Christmas tree brokers must submit a list of all growers and growing locations from which Christmas tree harvest and shipping will occur to the ODA, Plant Division.
For more Christmas tree shipping regulations

Useful web sites
Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon State University Extension Service

Oregon State University Extension Catalog page (Publications for Christmas Tree growers)

Washington State University Extension—Christmas trees

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Pacific Northwest Management Handbooks

State of Oregon holiday schedule
2011/2012 Holidays and Furloughs
November 11, Friday - Veterans Day

November 24, Thursday - Thanksgiving Day

November 25, Friday - Furlough

December 26, Monday - Christmas

January 2, Monday - New Years

January 16, Monday - MLK Jr. Day

February 20, Monday - President's Day

March 23, Friday - Furlough

May 25, Friday - Furlough

May 28, Monday - Memorial Day

July 4, Wednesday - Independence Day

August 17, Friday - Furlough

September 3, Monday - Labor Day

October 19, Friday - Furlough

November 12, Monday - Veterans Day

November 22, Thursday - Thanksgiving

November 23, Friday - Furlough

December 25, Tuesday - Christmas

2011 Christmas Tree Advisory Committee
Gene Carson
Holiday Tree Farms, Inc.
P.O. Box 182                                         
Sheridan, OR  97378
Phone 503-910-2277
Casey Grogan                                                                             
Silver Bells Tree Farm
3869 Victor Point Road
Silverton, OR  97381
Phone: 503-932-9713
Gayla Hansen                                                                             
Hansen Tree Farm
38973 S. Sawtell Rd.
Molalla, OR  97038
Phone: 503-829-9129
Cell: 503-519-2851
Terry Muilenburg                                                                     
Green Valley Farm
13501 S. Maple Grove Road
Molalla OR 97308
Phone 503-829-5096
Bryan Ostlund (non-voting)                                                
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association
P.O. Box 3366
Salem OR 97302
Phone 503-364-2942
Fax 503-581-6819
Jim Schaefer                                                                               
Holiday Specialtrees
36252 S. Kropf Rd
Woodburn, OR 97071
Phone 503-634-2246
Fax 503-634-2661
Mark Schmidlin
Schmidlin Farms
43095 NW Sunset Highway
Banks, OR  97106
Phone: 503-314-8484