While it may not feel like the start of winter with the unseasonably warm weather, wreath making season is upon us! Washington County is home to dense stands of Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), the fragrant evergreen used to make wreaths, sprays, and other holiday decorations. Maine ships balsam wreaths all over the world and tipping is a key part of the traditional economy in the Downeast Lakes region. To learn more about this important species, click here.
DLLT issues tipping permits for this seasonal pastime which is practiced in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. Each permit is only five dollars and they may be obtained by visiting our office in Grand Lake Stream, across from the Pine Tree Store.
Downeast Lakes Land Trust will be celebrating the tipping season with an “Evergreen Extravaganza” on Sunday, November 27th at the Grand Lake Stream School Building. Self-guided stations will be set up to create your own wreaths, sprays, and other balsam holiday decorations. This event is free and all ages are welcome. Interested participants should meet at the school building from 1 – 4 pm. We hope to see you there!