EUGENE, Ore. – A local Eagle Scout is working to make sure the Christmas tree shortages doesn't keep families from having a fresh cut tree this year.
Beau Leach owns a tree business and is a former Boy Scout from the Cascade District.
“A couple nights ago when I was driving around, moving trees from one of my tree lots to the other and bringing in trees from a farm...I came to the realization that there wasn’t a single tree lot anywhere in this part of town,” said Leach.
He said this year, there has been a shortage in Christmas trees because the 2008 recession caused many tree farms to shut down. Thursday, he set up a tree lot in the Shopko and Taco Bell parking lot in Eugene.
Leach said he will donate a portion of the proceeds from each tree to the Boy Scouts, specifically the Cascade District Camporee Fund.
“It’s a gathering for all the scouts to get together and they kind of compete and they learn skills,” he said. “We’re going to try and put a little money that direction to help that fund.”
All of the trees come from a mountain north of Silverton, according to Leach.
He said the trees were cut Thursday night and Friday morning. He said there are variety of selections to choose from: Noble, Nordam, Silvertips, Grandfir, Douglas, Concolor and Spruce.