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Forestry students’ trick: Make 385 trees disappear

Call it the enchanted forest. Nearly 400 trees appeared late Thursday afternoon, and by noon Sunday, they had disappeared, along with 100 wreaths and a good number of poinsettias.

“The only thing left in the Stock Pavilion was a pleasant smell,” recalled Scott Bowe, associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology, faculty advisor to the Forestry Clubs, a few hours after the end of the group’s annual Christmas tree sale.

This was the 33rd annual tree sale. One thing different about this one was the absence of forestry professor Ray Guries, who organized the first sale and was a fixture at the next 31, directing traffic and helping lash firs and pines to cartops. This year he is serving as CALS Interim Vice Dean, so turned the job over to Bowe. Guries did show up late Friday, as a customer.

Proceeds from the sale go to pay expenses for student field trips.