Our tree farm is certified with the American Tree Farm system. To be certified we must follow "[t]he American Forest Foundation’s (AFF’s) 2010-2015 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification..." By following such standards we are promoting "...the vitality of renewable forest resources while protecting environmental, economic, and social benefits and work to increase public understanding of all benefits of sustainable forestry." (http://www.treefarmsystem.org/) We are also working toward organic certification. Our Christmas trees are organically grown, with no pesticides used.
Silvertip Tree Farm is intensely managed for sustainable growth. We’ve planted several thousand trees over the years and most are planted NOT to be cut. The Christmas trees are thinned from dense groups of trees. This allows other trees to grow and greatly reduces the risk of becoming diseased. Wreaths are crafted from the trimmings of lower limbs and from thinned trees.
This property has been in our family for over 100 years. My great grand father George Teaford owned a portion with his good friend T.G. Hart who acquired it for mining and logging in 1901. I got the wonderful opportunity to acquire interest in the mid 1990’s and began to manage the property! Now we are applying our 25 years experience in the reforestation and forestry business to manage our own tree farm.
Thank you, Gena Hopkins and family