Our Silvertips grow at 7500 ft elevation on our mountain farm near Susanville and Mt. Shasta, CA. The mountain is majestic, with old growth forest, abundant wildlife, and an amazing view of Eagle Lake.
Since the trees are dormant when they are cut, they tend to hold up longer and better than other species, and can be harvested earlier in the season.
In early November, Bambi and fifteen other men ascend onto the mountain in trucks loaded with enough equipment to set up camp for three long weeks.
The logistics of this harvest are fairly daunting. Just purchasing and transporting the necessary groceries for the crew is a challenge in itself.
A wood stove provides heat and hot meals.
The crew cuts, bales and loads the trees onto semi trucks in frigid temperatures.
At this elevation, snow often interrupts their work. Mother Nature has forced them off the mountain more than once!
Equipment breakdowns are always problematic, with harvest occasionally at a standstill until a part can be delivered up the mountain.
With determination and strong spirits, the Silvertip harvest crew manages to get it done year after year.
At night the velvet black sky is lit with diamonds, while countless shooting stars jet across it.
Perhaps this is the reason these men return willingly to spend time together on the mountain. Whatever the reasons, it is with pride that Bambi’s continues to provide for those who desire and appreciate the beautiful Silvertip Christmas tree.