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Christmas tree tradition revived at former Sinnissippi Tree Farm in Oregon, Ill.

November 25, 2011

Online Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — The tradition of choosing and cutting your own perfect Christmas tree will be re-kindled at the former Sinnissippi Tree Farm’s cut-it-yourself-location off South Daysville Road, Oregon, Ill., this year after being closed to the public. The site, now Sand Ridge Prairie, is owned by the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC), a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers.

Pines (long-needled trees) will be sold for $30, and spruce and fir (short-needled trees) will be sold for $40. Visitors may bring their own bow saws or use PPSOC saws. No chain saws are allowed for safety reasons.

Sales will begin Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-27, and continue on the weekends of Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On weekdays through Dec. 23, the site will be open for sales from 2 to 4 p.m. Cash or check only will be accepted.

The tract, which for many years has been known as an outstanding natural area, was purchased last December by the PPSOC. Former owner Warren Miller was delighted that the organization could purchase and preserve it permanently. Proceeds from the sales will go toward retiring the debt on the land.

For more details, visit www.ppsoc.org.

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