KULPMONT — A forestry consulting service is donating 20 Christmas trees to area residents and nonprofit groups.
Nathan Kort and his father, Karl, of Kort Forestry Services, are offering the trees as a gesture of good will. They are hopeful the trees will be used by a family in need and to promote a brighter holiday season within an organization.
The Douglas firs were purchased at a reduced rate from Larry Snyder, of Mahantango Valley Farms, Pitman. They range from 3 to 8 feet and can be picked up on the front lawn at 301 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until gone. The limit is one tree per person. It is self service with no appointment necessary.
Nathan Kort, a 1998 graduate of Mount Carmel Area and a veteran, said the idea to offer the trees at no cost stems from witnessing the compassion of others giving back during the holiday season.
“When I used to sell trees, a couple of clients would come up to purchase their own tree and an additional tree, which they wanted me to deliver to someone they were donating to,” Nathan said. “I thought, this year would be a good year for me to give back during the holidays.”
Nathan obtained his associate degree in forest technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and has worked in partnership with his father since 2008 to manage more than 1,500 acres of private woodlands on an annual basis to preserve woodlands.
The firm was founded in 1972 by Karl, who received his bachelor’s degree in forest sciences from Penn State University. He began serving woodland owners across central and northeastern portions of the state, aiding those in need of forest management and sale administration of standing timber.
The father and son team provide timber trespass evaluations, forest-stand improvement plans, forestland investment advice and wildlife management.
Nathan said the benefits of purchasing a live tree include reducing non-biodegradable materials of artificial trees from entering landfills and provides farmers revenue from the sale and farming of trees.
For more information on forest management and the benefits of purchasing live trees visit www.kortforestry.com or call 570-373-3848.