For five years, Nature Conservancy staffers have headed to the hills to cut Christmas trees for the annual Missoula Youth Homes party. This year was no exception, except for the sub-zero temperatures that were overstaying their welcome in Montana. But, undeterred by the frigid air and wrapped up so as to be virtually unrecognizable, the intrepid elves trekked up Marshall Mountain with saws in hand.
“It was reeeeally cold, but knowing the goal helped us deal with the bite. It’s all for the kids!”, said Chris Bryant, Land Protection Specialist at the Missoula office.
The trees were cut from land that the Conservancy purchased as part of our landmark Montana Legacy Project. The trees were delivered fresh and fragrant the day before the party. Besides adorning the group homes, some foster families were given trees as well…making everyone’s holiday just a little bit brighter.
Thanks to Chris Bryant, Steve Kloetzel, Eleanor Morris, Leigh Greenwood, and Eleanor’s husband John Csoka for being real champions for conservation and the spirit of the season!