Balsam harvest shaping up nicely

BLUE HILL — This year’s balsam fir harvest has been so good that most wreath-makers have been too busy to discuss it.

Christmas greens, whether in the form of a wreath, garland or kissing ball, is one of Maine’s seasonal economies. This year has shaped up well, local businesses say.

This season also is shorter because tippers were delayed a bit by mild weather.

Peter Pelletier, Maine Forest Service district ranger, said workers have a smaller window than usual to produce wreaths because of the warmer weather at the start of tipping season. Usually tippers begin harvesting the end of October.

But since the start of the tipping season, there have been plenty of cold temperatures.

The cold temperatures help set needles on pine boughs.

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Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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