|WSDA inspector Sue Welch checks baled trees|
Bear Canyon Tree Farm’s trees were destined for markets in Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. In past years, they’ve even sent Christmas trees to Dubai.
To export Christmas trees to these and other countries, an inspection is usually required to make sure the trees don’t harbor any pests that might cause problems in the destination country. WSDA
visually examine both baled trees (trees that have been cut and wound with
string to tightly secure the branches to the trunk) and cut, loose trees.
|Welch finds a slug under a tree, but it isn't a concern|
in the countries where these trees are headed
While baled trees get a close inspection, it’s the loose trees that get the action with a forceful, lengthy machine shaking that will knock loose needles and pests from the trees.
|Farmworkers shake tree while Welch observes.|
On this inspection, several insects had lost their grip on the tree, but none were pests of concern and inspectors did not find evidence of any diseases. This was great news for the tree farm waiting to export their trees.
As for the baled trees, they also get a good shake prior to being bound and are then visually inspected.
|Haley Palec examines fallen needles for potential pests|
Noble and Douglas fir trees are the most popular Christmas trees sold in Washington, accounting for 90 percent of all sales.
But many of our state’s Christmas trees end up in Hawaii, California, Canada, Mexico, Asia, and U.S. military bases worldwide.